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10/07/2013

Jennifer Ehle Joins 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and 'The Forger'


It may not have seemed like it after months of desperate searching for two stars to lead erotica adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, but there are other characters besides Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. No, really! And apparently there's more to the story than just lots of leather and hot sex. News to me!

According to Deadline, the terrific character actress Jennifer Ehle (Contagion, Zero Dark Thirty) has come aboard to join Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam in the sexually-charged drama directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.  She will play Carla May Wilks, Anastasia's oft-married mother described as "flighty, forgetful, self-centered, and easily bored. She has "the attention span of a goldfish", especially with respect to her hobbies that she tries to turn into business ideas." Fifty Shades of Grey opens on August 1st 2014.

Before cameras roll on 'Grey', Ehle will have to finish up her current project. Filming has already begun on The Forger, which stars John Travolta, Tye Sheridan, Christopher Plummer, Abigail Spencer, and Anson Mount. Ehle will join the Philip Martin-directed film about Ray Cutter, (Travolta) an art prodigy and thief who arranges to have his prison sentence shortened to spend time with his sick son. But when the crime syndicate that funded his release comes looking for payment, Ray must team with his son to carry out one last big score. Ehle will play Ray's emotionally unstable ex-wife.