The future film adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey and its casting buzz continues to heat up the Internet. One of the notable names that has seemed to fade out within the last couple months but could still very well be a contender for the role of Anastasia Steele is Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson.
During an interview with CeleBuzz in May of last year, Benson had expressed that's she's read all of James' eroticas from front to back cover along with her extreme enthusiasm for the role of Steele despite chatter that she'd make a good Kate in the flick.
"I've read every book. I want to play Anastasia. Kate is awesome. I like all the characters but Anastasia? I love her so much!"
With her flawless skin, big blue eyes, and closeness in age, the 23-year-old beauty clearly has the main attributes needed to pull of the part of the shy college graduate. While her hair is a bit light to be the Ana character, it can easily be altered. She also has no problem being sexy, as she proved just that in her upcoming movie Spring Breakers.
The Fifty Shades of Grey premise revolves around Steele, who gets herself involved in a dominant and submissive sexual relationship with the S&M-crazed billionaire Christian Grey. Through a mutual "agreement," the two dive into a world that includes bondage and masochism.
Screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who is in the midst of finishing up the film script, recently stated that the movie would indeed be staying true to the book with a slew of sex and raunchiness, as the producers are now shooting for an NC-17 rating, according to a previous write-up in Style Magazine.
Although the producers have yet to attach a director to the franchise, the film is now set to be released on the big screen in the summer of 2014.