Unfortunately for Watson's fans and admirers, it appears that the rumors were all just wishful thinking.
Watson took to her Twitter feed this weekend to dispel the rumors, sarcastically asking her followers if they actually think she would be in a Fifty Shades of Grey movie:
Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.
Good. Well that's that sorted then.
Watson was, perhaps, pegged as a frontrunner for the role because of her age and popularity. The Harry Potter actress is one of only a handful of established actresses to be well within the age range to play the Steele character. In the book, Steele is a 21-year-old college student who is drawn into a BDSM relationship with an older man. The novel, along with its sequels, have found wild success, with over 65 million copies sold worldwide.