The internet is awash with speculation about who will be cast in the much-coveted role of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of the wildly successful Fifty Shades of Grey book series. Amongst the cast of actresses suggested to fill the role are two of our Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale (Aria) and Ashley Benson (Hanna). How do they measure up?
Author E.L. James describes Anastasia as a petite, “pale, brown-haired” young woman with blue eyes “too big for her face.” If you had asked us a few weeks ago, this contest would have gone to Lucy hands down. The girl fits the description almost perfectly (except Lucy has green eyes). However, Ash’s new look makes things a bit more complicated. She, too, has those big blue eyes, pale skin, and petite frame that fits Anastasia’s profile.
Winner: We’re going to have to call this one a tie!
As for Anastasia’s chief characteristics, she is a determined, but shy young woman who prefers the company of books to most people. On PLL, Lucy plays book-loving Aria -- a quietly mature young woman who gets involved with an older man.
Hanna, on the other hand, is anything but quiet and isn’t really the submissive type. Although Ash’s Hanna has a stubbornness that is also inherent in the Anastasia role, we can’t help but think -- solely based on their PLL counterparts -- that Lucy is qualified for the role. Sorry, Ash!
Lucy has been leading many of the online polls asking which actress should fill the Anastasia role, and unlike some of the actresses who have been mentioned as possibilities for the part, has said she would be interested in being part of the project.
Back in May 2012, Ashley confidently told Celebuzz: “I’ve read every book. I want to play Anastasia.” And, judging from these photos of the girls devouring Fifty Shades on set last year, we know she wasn’t kidding!
Winner: It’s a tie!
Given that the book version of Fifty Shades includes depictions of BDSM and some pretty explicit sex scenes, we’re going to go ahead and assume that the film version will include a few, as well. Whichever actress is cast in the part is going to have to be OK with some pretty racy scenes.
While Lucy has expressed theoretical interest in playing the part, if Ash’s upcoming turn in Spring Breakers is anything to go by, she has proven she is willing to do scandalous sex scenes (even if the filming of them is awkward).
It’s too close to call! We have faith that either of our Little Liars could pull off the role (as long as it didn’t take them away from PLL, that is). Both Ash and Luce have major potential, and we wouldn’t be surprised if one of them becomes the next big Hollywood starlet. Snagging the coveted role of Anastasia could be the role that pulls them into the international spotlight.
Who do you think would make a better Anastasia? Let us know in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.