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'50 Shades of Grey' Movie Cast: '30 Rock' Star Katrina Bowden Wants To Play Bombshell Kate Kavanagh [PHOTOS]

30 Rock star Katrina Bowden may have stripped down to nothing but lingerie for the January/February 2013 issue of Maxim, but she isn't ready to be that cheeky on the big screen. Opening up about the 50 Shades of Grey movie casting rumors, Bowden revealed she'd be "more comfortable" playing a minor role, as Anastasia Steele's bombshell BFF, Kate Kavanagh.

By Amber James, EnStars on Jul 03, 2013 12:11 PM EDT
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30 Rock star Katrina Bowden may have stripped down to nothing but lingerie for Maxim, but she isn't ready to be that cheeky on the big screen. 

Opening up about the 50 Shades of Grey movie casting, Bowden revealed she isn't interested in getting down and dirty playing the lead role of Anastasia Steele. Instead, she'd rather play Ana's bombshell BFF, Kate Kavanagh. 

"Playing Anastasia would be out of my comfort zone, but I could see myself playing her best friend," Bowden told EnStars

In the books, Kate and Ana are roommates at Washington State University. Kate is described as outgoing, feminine, fashionable, and makes friends easily.  Ana says that Kate is so beautiful that it makes men "tongue-tied." 

Although Bowden, who played Liz Lemon's impossibly cute assistant Cerie on 30 Rock, can't see herself starring opposite Christian Grey, she can't wait to see who does. 

"I love the books, so no matter what, I'll be there when the movie opens," she said. 

Last week, the film adaptation of E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey was given an official release date: August 1, 2014.

Focus Features, the studio behind the racy flick, recently took to Facebook to make the highly coveted announcement, and the page featured the following announcement: "The global release of Fifty Shades of Grey will start in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with opening dates around the world to be announced. The Focus Features domestic theatrical release will be in theaters nationwide. Universal Pictures International is releasing the movie in the rest of the world."

Sam Taylor-Johnson was recently recruited to direct the film.According to Deadline, Taylor-Johnson, who directed Nowhere Boy, which is about the Beetles' John Lennon, brought an end to the director search, which initially started in June 2012.

The website also mentioned that Anna Karenina's Joe Wright was a top candidate to direct, but his schedule wasn't compatible with the films'. 

"I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen," Taylor-Johnson said in a statement. "For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika's book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too."

Casting rumors have centered around who will land the lead as S&M-crazed billionaire, Christian Grey. Man of Steel's Henry Cavill seems to easily be a top contender, along with actors Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder. 

Although casting rumors have been swirling for months, no official casting decisions have been announced. 

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