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Bret Easton Ellis Wants to Direct 50 Shades of Grey, Also Wants to Cast Ryan Gosling

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Let this sink in for a minute. Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and fan of Scott Disick, wants to write the script for the masterpiece that is 50 Shades of Grey. Not only does he want to adapt the book for the screen, but he won’t shut up about it. And not only will he not shut up about it, but he wants to cast Ryan Gosling in the lead role of Christian. Think about it. Awesome, right?

From Digital Spy:

Bret Easton Ellis has given his thoughts on who should appear in a movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

The American Psycho author recently revealed that he would be interested in turning E.L James’s bestselling erotic fiction into a film.

Ellis later added on Twitter: “Okay. Today the team has been briefed and we will be approaching the studio this week about BEE adapting Fifty Shades of Grey into a film.  Thanks to everyone supporting BEE adapting Fifty Shades of Grey: the response has been huge and amazing. Hope E.L. James feels the same way.

“The casting of Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey wouldn’t be up to me but I have certain actors in mind. And a particular actress for Ana.”

He continued: “I think David Cronenberg is a great idea for directing Fifty Shades of Grey and we worked together on American Psycho in its initial phase. Cronenberg and Alexander Skarsgård is a no-brainer. I’ve seen Alexander naked so many times at the gym that we both attend: perfect casting. For Fifty Shades of Grey: David Cronenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Bret Easton Ellis and who as… Anastasia???

“I would love it if we lived in a world where Lena Dunham could be Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey but I don’t think we do. I think she’s hot.”

Ellis added: “Tonight’s epic fight on Girls between Allison Williams/Lena Dunham convinced me that either one of them could play Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey. Thinking more conventionally for Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey: Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart. Alex Pettyfer as Christian: too young? Aaron Johnson as Christian Grey? In a perfect world it would be Ryan Gosling as Christian Grey…

“David Cronenberg directing. Bret Easton Ellis writing. Ryan Gosling acting. Fifty Shades of Grey team… Shades of Grey.”

Bret Easton Ellis would make this movie into something incredible, wouldn’t he? Do you think he’d keep all of Anastasia’s many uses of the word “crap”? Do you think he’d keep all the great spanking scenes? What I’m saying is do you think he’ll keep it hilarious or make it terrifying?

Now let’s talk about his casting: what’s with people trying to cast Scarlett Johansson in roles that are too young for her? First there were the rumors that she was in the running for Eponine in Les Miserables, and now she’s supposed to be a possible choice for Ana? I realize that Scarlett is only 27, only five or six years older than Ana, but she just seems too mature for these roles. But Ryan Gosling as Christian? I might say that that could be hot, but Christian is still an emotionally stunted asshole. It could be interesting though, right?

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  • Are you high or completely cracked-out? Fifty shades of gray is cold lump of shit and Ellis is an asshole who thinks kids who get bullied in school deserve it ( I’m not kidding Google it ) and nothing about this is genius. You are obviously a retarded little girl Emily. Oh and BTW no one but you thinks John Mayer is wonderful for whining about Taylor Swift writing “dear John”

    • I think Emily is being sarcastic. Unfortunately there is a huge fan base for these books, why I will never know but to each their own I guess

  • You’re not understanding my tone, and also I’ve never said anything about John Mayer and Taylor Swift. If you’re going to call me a “retarded little girl,” that’s your prerogative, but at least have your facts straight.

  • If you ignore the BDSM dumbassery, 50 shades was pretty hillarious. Christian Grey is f*cking funny but that Ana chick is more annoying that Bella.

  • I think Ryan would be awesome as Christian Grey. Watch “Murder by Numbers.” He has the ability to make sick and twisted look sexy. I think he could totally pull this off.

  • Career suicide! I Love Gosling but he would never do it. No legit actor would do a role that could possible typecast them forever.

  • I haven’t read the books, but I hate BEE, David Cronenberg, American Psycho, and someone that wants to cast Lena Dunham or Alex Pettyfer is an idiot.

  • I think the only way I WOULDN’T be let down is if they cast Ian Somerhalder or Alex Skarsgard. I honestly couldn’t see Ryan fitting in that role, it feels too juvenile.

    And ANYONE in the entire world other than Kristen Stewart would be alright for the part. For some reason I had Alexis Bledel in mind because I think people picture Ana as being innocent.

    It doesn’t matter anyway because whenever they adapt a book, people are bound to be pissed by the selections.

  • I think Ryan Gosling could do anything sick and sexy at the same time. Check out Lars and the Real Girl and All Good Things. His sex scenes in Blue Valentine and the kiss in the elevator for Drive are perfect. However, I don’t think Eva will let him do it. Unless she is Ana of course. Then it would be reality T.V.,not a movie!