After a long, weird winter in which everyone from Gus Van Sant to Bret Easton Ellis was rumored to be attached to the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie, a director has finally been confirmed at the helm of the erotic thriller: not a famously famous dude, but the eclectic, esoteric, and utterly fascinating auteur Sam Taylor-Johnson (who's known professionally as Sam Taylor-Wood). Here's what you need to know about the woman in charge:
She's a gifted artiste...
Taylor-Johnson began her career as a fine art photographer in the 1990s; among other projects, she's the eye behind those famous portraits of celebrity men, weeping. As the director of the BDSM-centric "Fifty Shades," she can be counted on to bring out the human side of the story and elegantly walk the line between art and smut.
...but she's new to the movies.
With only one feature film, "Nowhere Boy," under her belt, Taylor-Johnson is a daring pick for this much-publicized project—but her cinematic portrait of an adolescent John Lennon showcases an intimate, low-key approach that could bring an interesting spin to "Fifty Shades of Grey."
And yes, she knows a thing or two about unconventional love affairs.
The director is married to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, best known as the handsome star of "Kick-Ass" and "Savages"—a relationship that's received a lot of attention because of their 23-year age difference. Could her own experience as one half of a misunderstood couple be valuable when it comes to bringing Christian and Anastasia's romance to the big screen? We'll see!
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