Dakota Johnson will be calling Jennifer Ehle "mom" in the Fifty Shades of Grey flick.Deadline.com first reported the news that the 43-year-old actress, who starred in the 2012 Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty, was in negotiations with Universal Pictures and Focus Features to play the mother of Anastasia Steele. Jennifer nabbed the role of Carla Wilks, a strong Southern woman who's on her fourth marriage.
Charlie Hunnam aka Christian Grey Admits He Never Read Fifty Shades of GreyAs it's already been reported, Dakota is set to star as Anastasia, a young literature student who meets and falls in love with tormented billionaire Christian Grey, played by Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam.What's to know about the new Fifty Shades casting? We've compiled five facts about Jennifer below:1) She Knows a Thing or Two About Being a MomThe 43-year-old wed writer Michael Ryan in 2001. They welcomed a son, George, in February 2003 and a daughter, Talulah, in March 2009.
Fifty Shades of Grey Producers Defend Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson Casting Decisions2) She Secretly Dated An A-list ActorDuring the filming of the 1995 UK miniseries Pride and Prejudice, Jennifer briefly romanced co-star Colin Firth. Her performance as Elizabeth Bennet earned her a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Fifteen years later, the pair worked together again on the Oscar-winning flick The King's Speech - Colin won Best Actor.3) A Broadway SuccessJennifer began acting as a toddler on Broadway. Her first gig was in the 1973 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at just four-years-old. Her mother, Rosemary Harris, played Blanche DuBois in the same production. (Her dad is American Author John Ehle.) She would go on to win a Tony award in 2000 for The Real Thing and another in 2007 for The Coast of Utopia.4) Game of Thrones Star?!She shot the pilot episode for the hit HBO series, but gave up the role of Catelyn Stark for personal reasons. Northern Irish actress Michelle Fairley replaced her. "My daughter was seven months old when we did the pilot. It was too soon for me to be working, emotionally and bonding-wise, but I needed to do it and I was also passionate about the books," says Jennifer.
Charlie Hunnam's First Fifty Shades of Grey Interview5) World TravelerShe was born and raised in North Carolina, but also spent her childhood in the UK. She attended over 15 different schools, including the North Carolina School of the Arts and Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she split her drama training.
Fifty Shades is scheduled to hit theaters Aug. 1, 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing.
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