Bret Easton Ellis says James Deen may star in Fifty Shades of Grey

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from www.guardian.co.uk – The maverick novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis may have been unceremoniously spurned for the job of adapting the “mommy porn” publishing sensation Fifty Shades of Grey for the big screen, but it seems producers are still keeping him in the loop.

The author of American Psycho took to Twitter yesterday to reveal that one-time porn star James Deen is in the running to take the lead role of kinky business magnate Christian Grey in the forthcoming film version.

Ellis, who worked as screenwriter with Deen on Paul Schrader’s “contemporary LA noir” The Canyons, said he had been told the actor was on the shortlist for the EL James knee-trembler.

“Just got inside information that James Deen is actually in the running to play Christian in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ with EL James support,” tweeted Ellis.

He later added: “Movie will DEFINITELY be written by a woman and the budget will be below 15m. Ana will be played by an unknown.”

The film version of Fifty Shades of Grey is being overseen by the producers of the Oscar-winning drama The Social Network, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti. Universal optioned the bestselling novel for $5m in March. Ellis had been enthusiastically tweeting his availability to adapt it, but last month said executives had plumped for a safer option. It is not yet publicly known who has secured the job.

James’s husband, Niall Leonard, told the Times Magazine that “the last he heard” Ryan Gosling was being lined up to play Grey. James’s novel, about a rich businessman who recruits a young woman to be his well-remunerated sex slave, has sold over 40m copies worldwide. Universal plans a trilogy based on the novel and its two sequels.

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