50 Shades of Grey Movie Casting News UPDATE: Alexis Bledel 'Too Busy' for Anastasia Steele Role? Ashley Benson's Dark Hair Dye Job Sparks Buzz [POLL]

By Danica Bellini,Mstarz reporter | Mar 12, 2013 12:23 PM EDT
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Former "Gilmore Girls" starlet Alexis Bledel remains a hot contender to snag the steamy role of Anastasia Steele in E.L. James' highly-anticipated film adoption of the erotic book trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey." But is the adorable brunette too busy to take on such a demanding role? As gather.com reports, the 31-year-old actress just signed on to star in a Fox pilot for the new television series "Friends and Family." With such a hectic schedule, do fans think this means Bledel's officially out of the Miss Steele running? In other Ana news, stunning "Pretty Little Liars" starlet Ashley Benson recently dyed her signature blonde locks a darker hue of sexy, chestnut brown. The 23-year-old actress formerly expressed interest in snagging the role of charming Christian Grey's kinky love interest... do "Fifty Shades" fans think this new Steele-esque dye job is a step in the right direction? Read on for all the details!

As Mstars originally reported:

Bledel's innocent and down-to-earth demeanor - along with her fresh complexion, brunette locks, and striking blue eyes -has many "Fifty Shades" fans pining for her to snag the role of Anastasia Steele. The only problem in casting Bledel would be her age - Steele is described as a recent, 22-year-old college graduate. Considering Bledel is already in her 30s may present a problem later on in the film trilogy. Even so, Bledel still glows youth and charisma, which could greatly be used to her benefit. In several recent Mstars polls, Bledel continues to win a majority of the votes, beating out several other fan-favorites including Lucy Hale, Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke, and Ashley Greene.

But it looks like Bledel is finally ready to make her return to television in Fox's new sitcom "Friends and Family." Apparently, the show is a spinoff of the hit BBC series "Gavin & Stacey." The plot follows the trials of Bledel maintaining a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend while family and friends keep interrupting her romantic plans. Actor Jason Ritter was recently cast as Bledel's love interest. Fun fact - Ritter also played Lauren Graham's onscreen love interest in the hit series "Parenthood." As most fans remember, Graham also played Bledel's mom in "Gilmore Girls" (as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore). Hmm... what a convenient connection. If Bledel were to be cast as Steele, could Graham make the perfect Elena (aka, Grey's dominatrix "Mrs. Robinson")? Just something to think about...

But back on topic - just because Bledel's set to star in a new TV series doesn't exactly mean that she's out of the running... several other Ana Steele fan-favorites currently work on hit television series (including Ashley Benson). Still, this might make it less likely for Bledel to actually pursue the role... what do "Fifty Shades" fans think?

As for Benson, check out the sexy "Spring Breakers" starlet's style transformation which she debuted at the film's SXSW debut:



Piercing eyes, dark hair, fresh face... can fans picture Benson as the perfect Anastasia Steele? The former "Days of Our Lives" actress made it obvious that she'd definitely be interested in the role... during an interview with Celebuzz Benson exclaimed:

“I’ve read every book. I want to play Anastasia... [Best friend] Kate is awesome. I like all the characters, but Anastasia? I love her so much!”

So what do "Fifty Shades" fans think about the latest Anastasia Steele update? Take the Mstars poll!

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