'Fifty Shades of Grey' Courting Jennifer Ehle to Play Anastasia's Mother — Holy Crap!
The upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation has locked in another cast member, but since the actor won't be either the submissive or the dominant, chances are you don't really care. But that doesn't mean the news isn't interesting — according to Deadline, Jennifer Ehle is in negotiations for the role of Anastasia Steele's mother, Carla.
Interesting, because it seems Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, continues to recruit quality talent for the adaptation of the not-so-quality erotic novel. On top of the film's two stars, played (controversially) by Ben and Kate 's Dakota Johnson and Sons of Anarchy 's Charlie Hunnam, Ehle is also respected in the field, having appeared in Zero Dark Thirty as Jessica Chastain's CIA confidant.
Of course, all of this is leading to one key question: Will Fifty Shades of Grey actually be (gasp!) good? It one time seemed a near-impossible task — not only will the film have to inevitably strip away the scenes that made the E.L. James novel popular in the first place (the risqué S&M scenes, naturally), but it would have to also attract talent willing to be associated with such a critically panned novel. It seems the filmmakers have succeeded on the latter front — will Taylor-Johnson actually succeed all around? As Steele herself would say: Holy crap!