Gus Van Sant has shot a sex scene starring Alex Pettyfer, in bid to direct ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.
Two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant has shot a steamy sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer as Christian Grey in a bid to direct “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film version of the erotic bestseller, individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
The scene, insiders said, is when the ingénue Anastasia Steele loses her virginity to Grey.
Van Sant previously directed “Promised Land” and “Milk” for Focus Features, which has the rights to EL James’ novel along with Universal Pictures. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing.
Insiders stressed that Pettyfer was cast as Grey just for the tape, not the movie, though Universal just got into bed with the 23 year-old actor on its sexy remake of “Endless Love,” which he is currently shooting in Atlanta. TheWrap was unable to confirm the identity of the actress cast at Steele, the impressionable young woman who falls for kinky billionaire Grey.
Universal and Focus have declined to comment on any list stories, long or short, though a Universal spokesperson said that the studio isn’t out to directors or actors, nor have they commissioned any test reels. WME has also declined comment.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” sold to Universal and Focus in March 2012, just two months after WME-repped Van Sant did Focus a favor by stepping in late in the game to replace his “Good Will Hunting” star Matt Damon as the director of “Promised Land,” which Focus released to generally strong reviews in December.
Source: The Wrap