Jennifer Ehle, who /jennifer-ehle-and-anson-mount-join-the-forger/signed on to star in The Forger yesterday, is in negotiations to star in Fifty Shades of Grey.

If a deal is finalized, the actress will play Carla, the mother of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who is described as a strong Southern woman on her fourth marriage. Charlie Hunnam is starring as Christian Grey, the young multi-millionaire who strikes up a torrid affair with the college student Anastasia.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel, which is adapted from the blockbuster novel by E.L. James. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing, although it isn't clear when production may begin, although Universal Pictures has already slated an August 1, 2014 release date for the adaptation.

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Jennifer Ehle most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated drama Zero Dark Thirty. She will next be seen in the RoboCop remake.