'Fifty Shades of Grey': Emma Watson is Not Playing Anastasia Steele [Updated]

Emma Watson rumored for Fifty Shades of Grey

The Fifty Shades of Grey book trilogy's success is fascinating, in terms of how it (quite literally) originated as erotic Twilight fan-fiction. That is, before author E.L. James tweaked the narrative and character elements and published it as a work of sexploitation for adult readers (as opposed to Stepheneie Meyer's soapy coming of age/supernatural romance source material for tweens).

Universal Pictures scooped up the movie rights last year - carefully dancing around the sexually explicit subject matter within its official confirmation - and was quick to hire screenwriter Kelly Marcel to adapt the book, but has since announced nothing save for chairman Adam Fogelson saying it could be arriving in theaters as soon as Summer 2014. No surprise, the absence of information has fed rumors about who's playing the female lead, Anastasia Steele.

Harry Potter alum Emma Watson is current a heavily-rumored candidate for that role (emphasis on RUMORED), thanks to documents listing her as "attached" to the project. The leak resulted from hackers breaking into the internal server for the German studio Constantin Films, prompting Universal to issue an official statement (via USA Today) that "No one has been cast yet." So, yeah, we can lay this rumor to rest for the time being.

UPDATE: See For Yourself.

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