Katie Couric Gets Kinky With EL James, Talks Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

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Katie Couric sexed up her talk show Monday in honor of Erika Leonard, a.k.a. Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, and not just with sensual crimson lighting.

Couric herself drew cheers when she appeared at the top of the hour in a sleeveless black leather dress and sky-high stilettos - to Rihanna's "S&M," obvi.

"Relax - this won't hurt at all," the host joked, introducing herself as our "mistress" for the day ... we should be so lucky. As for her guest of honor?

EL James is a shy, normal-looking lady in her 40s who speaks softly and is just about the total opposite of who you would expect wrote the bestseller.

James, as shocked as anyone by all the attention her work is getting, was asked who she'd pick to star in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

She was coy about this query, saying only that she has three unnamed actors and four actresses in mind for who should play Christian and Ana. Hmm.

According to Katie's Facebook polls, fans would love Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder ... Matt Bomer is also a popular pick.

Who would you like to see in the lead roles? Tell us below, and follow the jump for a clip of James answering fan questions on yesterday's Katie ...

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Stephen amell would make a perfect Mr grey

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1900- 1.6 Billion People,
2012- 7.0 Billion People,
112 years- 5.4 Billion People,
Solution- Stop Creating Children,
The life you save just might be the one you don't create.

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MATT BOMER IS PERFECT FOR THE PART !!!!!!

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did anyone see Craig Carton on the Katie Show discussing 50 Shades of Grey? Interesting... http://bit.ly/Q2IbN8

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MATT BOMER

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I've just started reading the books and I've been putting Ryan Phillipe's face to Christian Grey. I remember him in cruel intentions and that cool but dark attitude with the amazing looks. For Ana I'm going to agree with Maureen, Emma Stone would be a great fit!

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MATT BOMER all the way! He was actually ahead of Ian in the Katie poll. They just read te info wrong! But there is no one better for the role than MB. He is perfect

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50 shades of crap I can't believe that many women are that desperate that they bought that garbage most normal couples don't need to read that trash to have a great sex life

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Ian Somerhalder - Christian
Amy Adams - Anastasia

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My novel, The Cougar Club Hotel, is an American author's answer to 50 Shades. I don't think any of our currently famous actors or actresses can pull off the parts of Christian and
Anastasia. The casting director needs new faces for this one.
People simply want to know more about the sexual experiences of others. Books like mine and 50 Shades spark that curiosity and satisfy their vicarious needs.