'Nowhere Boy' Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Set to Helm '50 Shades of Grey'

E.L. James' bestselling erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey is now one step closer to hitting the big screen. The eagerly anticipated film adaption has just secured its director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, the British-born filmmaker best known for her 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.

“Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life,” said Michael De Luca, the film's producer. “E. L. James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed and Sam is a natural fit.”

If they wanted a director unafraid of making waves, Taylor-Johnson is the right person for the job. In 2009, the filmmaker announced her romance with Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, who is 23 years her junior. The couple married in 2012 and have two daughters together.

With the announcement that Taylor-Johnson will direct, the next big question Shades fans face is what actors will take on the leading roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Over the last few months, dozens of names have been thrown around, including those of Robert Pattinson, Amanda Seyfried, and Emma Watson. With Taylor-Johnson at the helm, speculation on who might play Shades' leading man now includes her husband, who may have had meetings with Universal and Focus execs.

Announcements will be sure to come soon enough. Who better to tackle taboo than a woman in a taboo relationship herself?

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