'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Casting: Ashley Benson as Anastasia Steele [PHOTOS]
March 3, 2013 8:59 AM EST
The buzz on who among Hollywood's hottest would be playing the lead roles in E.L. James best-selling erotica novels, "Fifty Shades of Grey" continue. While Alexis Bledel is in the lead to play the 22-year old virgin, another name has been added in the mix. "Pretty Little Liars'" Ashley Benson is said to have a lot of potential to play Anastasia Steele.
Fans of "Fifty" are desperate for more movie casting news. Yet, with the director's seat still empty and Universal Studios battling out legal issues with a porn producer, casting is far off schedule. As E.L. James had stated it, getting Hollywood actors and actresses for the roles is a long way from over.
Given this news, fans of the BDSM-themed novels have been busy rounding up potential celebrities to play the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Leading the web polls for possible actors to play the 27-year old dominant entrepreneur is "White Collar" star, Matt Bomer. On the other hand, leading the pack to play Anastasia Steele is "Gilmore Girls'" Alexis Bledel.
However, a lot of other actresses and actors are in the running for the lead roles. Henry Cavill and Ian Somerhalder follow closely to Matt Bomer while Emilia Clarke and Felicity Jones crawl in at second place to Alexis Bledel. Other names have been included in the bunch of Hollywood stars that could play the lead roles.
One blonde actress who continues to be a contender on various web polls for the role of Steele is "Spring Breakers" star, Ashley Benson. Unlike the other actresses up for the role, Benson had already read the book and is well-versed in the "Fifty Shades" universe.
"I've read every book. I want to play Anastasia. Kate is awesome. I like all the characters but Anastasia? I love her so much!" stated Ashley in her interview with Celebuzz back in May of 2012.
Benson is currently 23-years of age, has big blue eyes and flawless skin that greatly resembles Ana. The blonde hair wouldn't be so much of a problem and turning Benson brunette would be cake. As for the sexy and racy scenes, Benson won't be having a problem with that given she's had her share for "Pretty Little Liars" and "Spring Breakers."
Check out the slideshow and see if Ashley Benson fits the mould for Anastasia Steele.
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