When Anonymous—a hacker group with a (somewhat warped) social conscience—isn’t busy leaking information stolen from governments, large corporations, or the Church of Scientology, they’re hacking the social security numbers, credit card, and banking information of super-rich A-listers like Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Or they’re breaking into the servers of German film studios to confirm casting rumours involving ex-Harry Potter stars (and then boasting about it over social media).
Anonymous claims (via the group’s Twitter account) to have found their way into Constantin Film’s internal servers (The Hollywood Reporter has verified that the group’s claim is indeed true) and they’ve leaked a handful of documents revealing things like studio employees’ email addresses and information pertaining to a number of film projects that the studio is looking to acquire. One of those movies was Focus Features’ adaptation of author E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, which I know, without ever having to sully my hands by picking it up, is a smutty, poorly-written novel about the flush-prone Anastasia Steele and her quest to become the best student in the Misogyny 101 class that the insufferable Christian Grey teaches down at the local college… or something. No one was surprised when Hollywood scrambled to buy the rights to James’ trilogy.
But I was surprised when news began to surface that Emma Watson was the rumoured favourite to play Ana (though Mila Kunis’ and Amanda Seyfried’s names have been floated, too) because Harry Potter is just too fresh in our collective memory for any of us to be prepared to sit through Hermione and the Red Room of Pain.
Watson’s management has denied that the actress is involved, but the documents leaked by Anonymous contradict them, claiming that she is indeed attached to the project… excuse me while I go stock up on Lethe River Water, mistletoe berries, and Valerian sprigs.