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'Fifty Shades' author E.L. James has film cast in mind

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Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James is making her way to Seattle and Portland for her first visits to the hot spots featured so prominently in her blockbuster trilogy.

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"I'm so excited!" she said Monday when she stopped by Katie Couric's show to chat about the book, S&M, her husband and the film, which is still in its very early stages. Katie said that a Facebook poll of show fans revealed that Alexis Bledel should play Anastasia Steele and Ian Somerhalder should be cast as Christian Grey.

What did E.L. have to say about the movie?

"Ummm," she laughed. "It's a sort of collaborative effort, but there's, you know, a studio, a production company, there's two producers, and at some point there's going to be a director. So I'm sure everybody will have input into that. And I have I think three people who could fit, I think, could play Christian and about four who could play Ana. And I'm not going to tell you any of them."

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And in an interview with E! News airing tonight, James was equally elusive. So why won't she weigh in on her casting choices? "It gets messy," James exclusively told E! News' Alicia Quarles at the Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album event Monday night at NYC's Soho House. "You might end up with somebody else [than I originally said]."

And is she pushing for an NC-17 rating or just an R? "We haven't had those discussions yet," she said.

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