Breaking Down The ’50 Shades’ Buzz: Who’s Playing Anastasia Steele? [PHOTOS]

August 1, 2012 1:45 pm

It has been months since rumors first surfaced about a “50 Shades of Grey” film trilogy, which is set to follow the widespread success of the erotic book series. With names like Channing Tatum and Chris Pine in the mix, the buzz surrounding the movie initially focused on who would play Christian Grey. Now it has shifted onto casting his better half, Anastasia Steele.

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Industry insiders and fans alike seem to have narrowed down the pool of actresses to a select few. At the moment, the top contender appears to be former “Gossip Girl” guest star and “Arrow” actress Katie Cassidy. Everyone from ABC News to MTV UK is listing her as a frontrunner.

But according to ABC, she’s going to have some stiff competition from others who are going for the role. Among them are Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie and Lucy Hale. However, Emma recently told Entertainment Weekly that she hasn’t even read the book. “I haven’t read the book, I haven’t read a script, nothing,” she said. “There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call.”

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And Channing Tatum told Glamour UK in early July that the only way he would agree to the part of Christian Grey is if his wife, actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum, played his opposite. “I’d only be allowed if my wife was Ana,” he said. “She’s read the books so I don’t think she’d be impressed if she couldn’t be Ana!”

Check out the photo gallery of actresses in the running below, and let us know: Who would you like to see as Anastasia?

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