Everyone in and out of Hollywood has been hate-reading, love-reading, fantasy casting, parodying and talking non-stop about Fifty Shades of Grey for months now, but we’re still pretty surprised about who has turned out to be the biggest fan of them all: best-selling author Bret Easton Ellis. Since last week the American Psycho scribe has been tweeting about how much he wants to adapt the Twilight-fanfic-inspired BDSM trilogy for the big screen. He’s contacted his agent and everything. Nor does this seem to be a fleeting obsession: Last night, when he could have been tweeting about his real decision to cast Lindsay Lohan opposite porn star James Deen in his movie The Canyons, he was armchair casting Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele instead. His ideas weren’t groundbreaking, but now we’re starting to wonder if they’ll really start gaining traction.
“Rereading Fifty Shades of Grey: it’s hard for me to think of Ian Somerhalder as Christian G. because I’ve known him personally for so long,” he wrote of the Vampire Diaries star, who co-starred in the movie based on Ellis’ The Rules of Attraction. But he added later:
Ellis had a couple of other suggestions that have been frequently mentioned before: Kristen Stewart or Emmy Rossum as Anastasia. He thought Alex Pettyfer would make a good Christian, “but I know he’ll never do it.” He also mentioned Prometheus‘ Logan Marshall-Green as a possibility (which is almost the same as our own wish: Tom Hardy, isn’t it?).
But it seems the overwhelming reaction of the Twittersphere may have won him over, as his most recent tweets on the subject look like this:
So, should we take all of this seriously? Ellis is pretty new to screenwriting: He penned the screenplay to 2008’s The Informers but left Less Than Zero, American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction in the hands of other scribes. Still, we do kind of like the idea of Fifty Shades getting a little bit darker and edgier than E.L. James‘ original, so Ellis might be the man to do it.
What do you think?
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