Jennifer Ehle to be mom in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

05:00 AM, Oct 08, 2013

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in "Pride and Prejudice." J. Barratt, ABC/

Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Oh, Elizabeth Bennet, where have you ended up? Right smack in the middle of the screen version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Anastasia Steele has a mother in Fifty Shades of Grey. Her name is Carla and she will be played by veteran actress Jennifer Ehle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ehle knows a little thing about complicated love. Fans of the most famous Pride and Prejudice (1995) know Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet alongside Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy. This was a long time before any Red Room of Pain.

Distributor Focus Features did not comment on the casting news.

It’s the first casting news since last month’s furor over the main roles: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey. That news sent the Twitter-sphere into complete shock and led to a petition calling for the role to be recast.

The fans of E. L. James’ best-selling book filled with kinky sex have since moved on to other things after their unsuccessful petition. Fifty Shades of Grey is due to hit screens in August 2014.