Gus Van Sant and Alex Pettyfer's Fifty Shades demo

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2013
Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer

Gus Van Sant has filmed a demo reel for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' starring Alex Pettyfer in a bid to land the job as director for the film

Gus Van Sant has directed a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' sex scene starring Alex Pettyfer.

The 'Milk' director - who is one of the filmmakers being considered to direct the big screen adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel - filmed the steamy scene as demo to convince movie studio Universal to hire him for the job, reports

The scene features the 'Magic Mike' actor as bondage-loving businessman Christian Grey, however, the identity of the actress playing protagonist Anastasia Steele is not known.

The salacious scene is thought to depict Anastasia losing her virginity to her enigmatic boss.

Movie studio Universal, which is behind the big screen project, has not commissioned any test reels for the film and has not yet made a decision on a director.

Van Sant reportedly created the scene on his own accord.

The director has previously earned Oscar nominations for 'Milk', which starred Sean Penn as openly gay politician Harvey Milk, and 'Good Will Hunting', which was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and shot the actors to fame.

'Magic Mike' hunk Pettyfer will next be seen in Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' with Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard and Forest Whitaker.

Fifty Shades of Grey

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle
  • UK release: 13 February 2015

Despite its troubling gender politics and distinct lack of plot, the likeable Johnson brings nuance and charm to a paper-thin character; Dornan manages to offer a hint of humanity; and given the many constraints, this sleek, fairly trim and occasionally sensual adaptation is the best imaginable outcome.

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