Katie Holmes has had a hard time breaking free of her “good girl” image. Even marrying a shady older man like Tom Cruise and then leaving him wasn’t enough to give her some edge. That’s why she’s set her sights on something totally different.

The famous ex-sugar baby is rumored to be vying for the role of Elena Lincoln, otherwise known as “Mrs. Robinson,” in the movie adaptation of the erotic book Fifty Shades of Grey. In case you’re not familiar with the characters in Fifty Shades of Grey, Mrs. Robinson is the older woman who seduced Christian Grey when he was a teenager and acted as his dominatrix for several years. In the Fifty Shades of Grey book, Mrs. Robinson is the one who first introduces Christian to the BDSM lifestyle that later defines his relationship with the female lead, Anastasia Steele.

As you can imagine, this isn’t exactly the kind of role that has traditionally been in Holmes’ repertoire, but the struggling actress reportedly thinks this part in Fifty Shades of Grey can “give her the push” she needs to put her acting career back on track. “She’s looking at this as the role of a lifetime for her,” said one insider. “It will shock a lot of people, but she thinks Hollywood will sit up and take notice.”


This new Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumor is still only just a rumor, as the part of Mrs. Robinson has yet to be officially assigned. Other actresses in the running for the coveted role include Sex and the City star Kim Catrall and Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman.

We can’t help but wonder what Holmes’ ex-husband, Tom Cruise, and his Scientology faith would think about her taking on the erotic challenge, but we’re definitely curious to see her try something very, very different.

What do you think: Would Katie Holmes be a good fit for the role of Mrs. Robinson in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie? Who else could play Mrs. Robinson?


Arciero, R., “‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie: Top castings for Mrs. ‘Elena’ Robinson, Mia Grey,” Examiner web site, February 3, 2013; http://goo.gl/tR2vk9.


Schumann, R., “’50 Shades of Grey’ Casting Rumors: Katie Holmes Prepping To Play Elena, Christian Grey’s Mrs. Robinson in ‘Fifty Shades’ Movie,” International Business Times web site, November 5, 2013; http://goo.gl/muHUaQ.

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