The casting for the planned big screen adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey may still be a mystery, but good news today for fans of EL James’ novel: The movie finally has a director. Break out your handcuffs and let’s get this party started.
According to Deadline, Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to helm 50 Shades of Grey. Said producer Michael De Luca, “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.” He continued, “EL 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.” Not going to lie: I guffawed a little at “vivid storytelling.” That’s… certainly one way to put it.
Sam is probably best known for her 2009 biopic showcasing the early life of John Lennon, Nowhere Boy. It was on the set of Nowhere Boy that she met her now-husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who, by the by, will be seen on the big screen again himself later this summer in Kick-Ass 2). Sam began her career as a fine artist; her work featured photography, film, and video, so it’s perhaps only natural that she would make the jump to feature films. Still, with names like Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright having been in the running for 50 Shades, Sam is something of a dark horse; her work as an artist often explored human sexuality, though, so she might actually be 50 Shades’ chance to become something a little more interesting than just “mommy porn.” Check out some of her photography here.
The script is being penned by Kelly Marcel, who created and wrote the 2011 television show Terra Nova. Stay tuned, Bettys—the next time we report on 50 Shades, we might actually have some casting news for you!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.