“Fifty Shades Of Grey” fans are still in a tizzy over the news that Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the role of Christian Grey – but casting must go on!
Besides millionaire with a fetish Christian Grey, the only other casting announcements for the highly anticipated film have been Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and her mother, Carla (Jennifer Ehle). But with the August 1 theater release date quickly approaching, fans are dying to place faces to their favorite characters.
The latest casting rumor for “50 Shades Of Grey” sprung up at the “True Blood” panel during the 2013 New York Comic Con. During a Q&A with fans, Pam’s Kristin Bauer van Straten was told that she’d make the “perfect” Mrs. Robinson – and the whole crowd seemed to agree.
For those that are unaware of the “Mrs. Robinson” character, her real name is Elena Lincoln – an old friend of Christian Grey and business partner. In her late 30s to early 40s, Elena is described as a “regal” looking platinum blonde and was a friend of Christian’s adoptive mother, Dr. Grace Trevelyan-Grey. Elena began an affair with Christian when he was 15-years-old, introducing him to the kinky BDSM lifestyle that he currently practices with his dominants.
Elena and Anastasia do not get along throughout the books. While Anastasia dislikes Elena for taking advantage of a teen (how she got the nickname Mrs. Robinson), Elena dislikes Anastasia for getting in between her and Christian – even going as far as to call her a “gold-digger.”
Bauer van Straten appeared flattered by the applause, joking with the audience that she’d “have sex with him” (It’s important to note that author E.L. James is a she) in order to get the part. The actresses joke came after she previously laughed about sleeping with Jerry Seinfeld in order to get the role of a woman named Gillian in the 1996 episode, “The Bizarro Jerry.” Kristin Bauer van Straten reassured fans that she is happily married and never slept with Jerry Seinfeld to get the part and wouldn’t sleep with “50 Shades Of Grey” author E.L. James.
Would you like to see “True Blood’s” Kristin Bauer van Straten play Elena Lincoln (Aka Mrs. Robinson)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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