Presuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve heard of E L James’ 50 Shades of Grey, the sexy Twilight fan-erotica that was Ctrl-F’d into original content for the masses. The movie, which has the ovarian demographic absolutely juicing with anticipation, has certainly dragged its feet regarding casting. BUT NO LONGER!
/film reports that not only has hunky dom Christian Grey been cast, but so has protagonist/sex-slave Anastasia Steele. Pacific Rim and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star Charlie Hunnam will star as Grey, while the titular female lead of Fox’s ‘Ben and Kate,’ Dakota Johnson, will star as Anastasia.
Big news for 50 Shades of Grey fans, but even more reason for Guardians of the Galaxy fans to grumble about lengthy ticket lines, as both movies are due out August 1st, 2014. Catch both press releases below!
Also, know that the NSA now has me searching “sexy charlie hunnam” on file. There are no lengths I won’t go to bring you the news, folks.
Charlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. He joins Dakota Johnson, who will star opposite him as Anastasia Steele. The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel. The announcement about Mr. Hunnam’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made by Ms. James.
Mr. Hunnam currently stars as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ His feature film credits include Pacific Rim, Children of Men, Cold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.
Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 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.
Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the Fifty trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.
Fifty follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, explore the couple’s deepening relationship. For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey film Facebook page at facebook.com/fiftyshadesofgreymovie.
Here’s the release for Johnson:
Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele, the lead female character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel. The announcement about Ms. Johnson’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made by Ms. James.
Ms. Johnson’s first notable screen role was in the multi-Academy Award-winning 2010 feature The Social Network, on which Mr. De Luca and Mr. Brunetti were producers. Her subsequent movies include the upcoming feature Need for Speed, 21 Jump Street, and Universal Pictures’ The Five-Year Engagement. She also starred as Kate in the Fox Network comedy series ‘Ben and Kate,’ which aired during the 2012-2013 season. Ms. Johnson is currently shooting the feature film Cymbeline.
This article was originally published on Flixist.