Nearly two years to the day since E.L. James' first Fifty Shades of Grey novel hit — and nearly melted — bookshelves, Universal and Focus Features have announced that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct its highly anticipated big screen adaptation.
Last summer, Angelina Jolie was rumored to be in talks to get behind the camera to tell the graphic story of college grad Anastasia Steele and kinky businessman Christian Grey, while more recently, names like Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) and Gus Van Sant were bandied about for the job. Instead, producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti chose Taylor-Johnson, a 46-year old British filmmaker.
She's directed one movie before: 2009's Nowhere Boy, about a young John Lennon.
The movie starred Aaron Johnson... to whom she is now married.
So will Aaron play Christian Grey? We asked Brunetti; he referred us to this tweet:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson's representative confirmed that he would not be involved in the film.