Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct Fifty Shades of Grey film

Nowhere Boy director will get behind the camera for the big screen adaptation of EL James' raunchy novel

It might not have secured its leading stars just yet, but the Fifty Shades of Grey film has finally found itself a director. 

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Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose directing CV includes John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, will get behind the camera to help bring EL James’ saucy erotic novel to life. 

James herself confirmed the news on Twitter, saying:

EL James’ filthy Fifty Shades trilogy describes the increasingly sado-masochistic and x-rated sex-ploits of innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele and experienced businessman Christian Grey. Since their publication in 2011, the saucy stories have swept around the world and quickly become international bestsellers, with over 65 million copies sold.

The much anticipated silver screen adaption of the triology has been written by Kelly Marcel, who until today has been the only name connected with the project. 

So we now have a screenwriter and a director. But who will play the sexually daring duo… Henry Cavill, Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Ed Westwick? Alexis Bledel, Emma Roberts, Felicity Jones, Emilia Clarke? The speculation continues. 

Universal have called the project an “absolute priority”, suggesting that the film could be in cinemas by summer 2014. 

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Sam Taylor-Johnson rose to fame under her maiden name Taylor-Wood.