Watson in 50 Shades rumour
Actress Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson has shot down rumours linking her to the female lead in the big screen adaptation of raunchy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.

Reports emerged last month suggesting that the Harry Potter star, left, was in talks to play the book's heroine, Anastasia Steele, but Watson said she had no idea where the gossip came from and had to set her loved ones straight about the speculation.

"I haven't read the book, I haven't read a script, nothing," she told US website EW.com. "There are so many movies you become attached to when I've literally never even received a phone call.

"I told them (family and friends) just because there are 60 articles on the internet doesn't mean it's any less true than if there are three or four."

However, the 22-year-old is used to unfounded casting rumours. "It was the same way with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," she says. "I never even saw a script."

The West Australian

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