Fifty Shades of Grey Gets a Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson "Will Honor" E.L. James' Book

Director tells E! News exclusively characters of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele "are under my skin, too"

By Rebecca Macatee Jun 19, 2013 8:29 PMTags
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Fifty Shades of Grey officially has a director ready to dictate how things go down in that Red Room of Pain.

E.L. James tweeted the news Wednesday, writing that she was "delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of Fifty Shades of Grey."

"I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen," Sam told E! News exclusively. "For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika's book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia.  They are under my skin, too."

Sam's name made headlines in June 2012, but for a different reason. The then-45-year director (previously known as Sam Taylor-Wood) married Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson, who is 23 years her junior. The duo met on the set of Sam's directorial debut, Nowhere Boy, in which her future husband played John Lennon.

Universal confirmed Sam would be directing the film, and back in October, Kelly Marcel was officially chosen as the screenwriter to bring all that so-called "kinky f--kery" to a theater near you.

As for the man that will play Mr. Grey himself?  Stephen Amell's out, Armie Hammer never wanted to be considered, but it looks like Alex Pettyfer is still in the running.

As for Miss Steele? It won't be Emma Watson, but the rest of you women in Hollywood should keep entertaining those inner goddesses. Nothing official has been decided—yet.

Oh my!