E L James shot down reports claiming Ryan Gosling is the frontrunner to star in the film adaptation of her erotic novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“As usual, it’s all been misreported,” the author told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show on Friday. “No, my husband has not spilled the beans.”
Rumors of Gosling’s casting began to swirl after James’ husband, Niall Leonard, told a UK magazine that he “heard” the “Drive” star was the primary choice for the role of Christian Grey.
“What happened is that his local paper, he’s from Northern Ireland, reported on my husband being the inspiration for Christian Grey,” she tells Seacrest. “Underneath it, they put a picture of Ryan Gosling as well. So, that’s how that [rumor] came about.”
James remained mum when Seacrest asked her about other possible actors for the role (including Chris Pine, Ian Somerhalder and Jake Gyllenhaal) saying, “[It’s] far too early in the process” to reveal possible casting decisions.
-- Erin O’Sullivan