50 SHADES OF GREY finds its Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele

50 SHADES OF GREY finds its Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele

Fans of the worldwide best selling book trilogy of books, 50 SHADES OF GREY, can rest easy as Focus Features has announced that Charlie Hunnam (SONS OF ANARCHY, PACIFIC RIM) and Dakota Johnson (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, 21 JUMP STREET) will be taking up the mantle of billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele respectively in next year’s adaptation which is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (NOWHERE BOY).

Charlie Hunnam - 002 Dakota Johnson

To some, this has come as a shock as many wanted Matt Bomer (WHITE COLLAR, MAGIC MIKE) and Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS, SIN CITY) for the roles.  And when I mean shock, I mean Ben Affleck as Batman shock.  Much like the famous Batfleck petition, fans have started another petition demanding that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson be immediately removed and replaced by Matt and Alexis.

Ok, so can we stop with these online petitions of actors and actresses being cast in parts?  Casting directors do this for a living and during screen tests, they get a good feel for the chemistry between the two leads.  No casting decision is going to please everyone.  It is impossible.  Do we really need to waste time creating petitions?  I would think there would be better ways to spend our energy.

Either way, tell us what you think of this casting below.


50 SHADES OF GREY is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.

SYNOPSIS: Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the highly-anticipated film adaptation of E L James’ #1 bestselling book. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie version alongside Ms. James.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” (first published in 2011) follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

50 SHADES OF GREY is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014.



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Jim is an avid movie enthusiast, representing the general movie going audience, looking at movies for their entertainment value as opposed to their critical weight. He enjoys the escapism that movies provide. He is a fan of all genre's of movies, but gravitates toward comic-based movies, summer "popcorn" flicks and over-the-top comedies as his preference.