‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ cast rumors include Chris Evans

Posted at 1:45 PM, Aug 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-22 13:51:59-04

Rumors continue to swirl about who will star in the steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey” film as the official list is expected to finally be made public in a few weeks.

Focus Features has said that the movie, based on the best-selling erotic novel about the kinky adventures of a 27-year-old billionaire and a naive college student, will be released in the summer of 2014.

E.L. James, the author of the bestselling “Fifty Shades” trilogy, got folks talking when she posted a photo of herself with actor Chris Evans on Twitter.

However, others rumors indicated that Dakota Johnson had been tapped as a possible Anastasia “Ana” Steel and that Charlie Hunnam would play Christian Grey.

Here are some other actors rumored to be linked to the project: Robert Pattinson, Ryan Gosling, Alex Pettyfer and Ian Somerhalder.

Earlier this year, Universal Pictures announced Sam Taylor-Johnson had been selected to to direct the film.

Taylor-Johnson, a British photographer and visual artist, garnered laurels as a director in 2009 when she made “Nowhere Boy” about John Lennon’s young life.

Last year, writer Kelly Marcel was selected to write the screenplay adaption of the book by British author Erika Leonard, who wrote the novel under the pen name E L James. Marcel is also known for her work on the Amblin/FOX-TV series “Terra Nova.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” relates a young woman’s sexually explicit liaisons with the young billionaire. The story is part of a trilogy.

The trilogy has been translated in 45 languages and sold more than 32 million copies in the United States.

CNN contributed to this report.