When we think about Ashley Benson’s various on-screen roles the first one to pops to mind is Hanna Marin on Pretty Little Liars. The gorgeous and hilarious actress has brought such grace and vulnerability to the popular yet insecure character in Sara Sheperd’s popular book series. However, as she has proven with her upcoming hardcore movie Spring Breakers, Ashley loves a challenge and shaking things up a bit — and the next role she’s got her pretty little eye on is Anastasia Steel in Fifty Shades of Grey!
Ever since E.L. James’ erotic romance trilogy rose in popularity worldwide, fans of the book series have been casting all the characters in the book. For the role of wealthy and handsome (yet controlling and troubled) Christian Grey, Ian Somerhalder, Colin Egglesfield, Matt Lanter and Matt Bomer are a few of the actors topping everyone’s dream lists. As for the innocent, doe-eyed recent college grad Anastasia Steele — who finds herself embroiled in a dangerous and seductive sexual relationship with the dashing entrepreneur– favored actresses include Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried, Alexis Bledel, Lucy Hale, Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez, Felicity Jones, Emilia Clarke and more! However, unlike the rest of her peers, Ashley Benson has actually come out and publicly vocalized her desire to play the captivating heroine during an interview with Celebuzz:
“I’ve read every book. I want to play Anastasia,” she said. Upon being told that fans have been casting her as the protagonist’s best friend Kate, Ashley responded, “Kate is awesome. I like all the characters but Anastasia? I love her so much!”
Needless to say, this Fifty Shades of Grey role is very different from Ashley Benson’s previous ones. It’s very sexy, dark, and dangerous (sort of like Spring Breakers times ten). Still, it would awesome to see Ashley take on such an intense role and see her step out of Rosewood for a bit…especially if she gets to cozy up to one of the preferred actors being considered for the part of Christian Grey!
So, what do you think? Can you picture Ashley Benson as Anastasia Steele? Vote below!
Tell us why or why not in the comments, and post your top casting choices for Fifty Shades of Grey while you’re at it!