‘Fifty Shades': Casting Christian And Ana (Part 1)

Next to “Catching Fire” Adonis Finnick Odair, the most anticipated casting announcement in Hollywood seems to be who will play lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ kinky novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” And for good reason. The roles call for two incredibly attractive actors who don’t mind being incredibly naked. A lot.

It’s the kind of saucy stuff speculation is made for, and Hollywood Crush is stepping into the storied Red Room of Pain, as each day this week a different MTV staffer will share her picks for the billionaire babe and the lady who loves him.

Today, I’m kicking things off with “True Blood” actor Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd and “Like Crazy” actress Felicity Jones!

Alexander as Christian
Uncharacteristically, I’m not particularly beholden to one actor or another for the role of Christian. I could see a number of stars—from Ian Somerhalder to Ryan Gosling—filling out the hunk’s well-worn denim. But I’m giving a slight advantage to my favorite “True Blood” star, because after four-plus seasons of the HBO series, we know exactly what he’s capable of. I mean, the guy made container-storage sex with his sort-of sister inexplicably hot. As Viking vampire Eric Northman, Alexander exudes a cool and confident demeanor that belies some pretty intense heat. And I’m ready to burn.

Felicity as Ana
Felicity broke out last year in the romantic drama “Like Crazy,” but it was her turn as a naive tomboy in the less buzzy rom-com “Chalet Girl” that has me thinking she’d be a smashing Ana. At 28, Felicity can easily pass for a woman in her early twenties, and it’s this inherent innocence that will play well as a shy newcomer to the world of S&M. And with her new, darker locks, she fits my mental image of Ana perfectly.

Don’t agree with my picks for Christian and Ana? Stay tuned all week as we reveal new pairs each day!

Do you think Alex and Felicity are good fits for “Fifty Shades”? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!