Emma Watson Should Not Play Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades of Grey the Movie


The innocent-looking 22-year-old Harry Potter alum, Emma Watson, is being mentioned as a potential candidate for the highly sexualized role of Anastasia Steele, in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie. This proves Hollywood's obsession with grooming innocent and wholesome-looking starlets, just to eventually have them spiral out of control in instances of raunchy sex, and/or alcohol and drug use (i.e. Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus). 

Watson jumped to fame, not really long ago, as 12-year-old Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, a role involving elementary school settings and magic powers. This origin is at odds with the part she is being currently suggested for, as Anastasia Steele -- who initially is presented as a young and innocent college student -- eventually falls irresistibly attracted to powerful and good looking Christian Grey, who subjugates her into graphic and abusive sexual practices. 

As beautiful as Emma Watson is, I personally don't think the part of Anastasia Steele is the most appropriate for her to continue her ascendant career as an A-lister. Watson has already a next-door girl reputation with no pretensions of becoming a sex symbol a la Angelina Jolie -- who, by the way, is incredibly talented and exuberant in her own right.  

Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie, will be adapted to the big screen by The Social Network producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti. The film will also be reportedly directed by Jolie herself, as well as co-starred by Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) in the role of Christian Grey.

And one of the reasons why Watson’s name is being suggested for the role of Steele, is the innocence she projects both on and off screen. This quality will be highly sought in any actress who wishes to play the part, as the book (and upcoming film version), will portray the corruption of the innocent but curious (Steele) in the hands of the corrupt (Grey). 

It is not known yet if the film will contain the graphic sex scenes that the book describes but the fact that actors such as Watson and Gosling, who have sensible images, are being considered for these highly sexualized parts, is proof of Hollywood’s propensity to corrupt (in fiction, as in real life) the young and innocent performers that continually grow its ranks with fictional and real instances of raunchy sex, and alcohol and drug use.