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The 50 SHADES OF GREY film has found its two lead actors

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Good news bored housewives and fans of whips and leather such as Kervyn! That 50 Shades of Grey film that’s been knocking around Hollywood for a while now? It took just another step closer to being realised, as the film has found two lead actors in the shape of an apocalypse-stopper and a social networker. More after the jump.

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Dakota Johnson and Cahrlie Hunnam have been cast as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the upcoming adaptation of the EJ James book. James herself broke the news on Twitter yesterday. Here’s the official press release via SlashFilm, that followed shortly afterwards 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,” it was announced today.  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 today 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.

And one for Hunnam:

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,” it was announced today.  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 today 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 Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012.  Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” 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.

Good casting, or bad in your opinion? I’ve honestly got no idea, because I’ve zero interest in the books. Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film, so expect production to start kicking off soon.

Last Updated: September 3, 2013

9 Comments

  1. She looks innocent, well all that is about to change

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  2. SaintsRowLee

    September 3, 2013 at 10:31

    I have absolutely no comment on the matter.

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  3. Ilden Webber

    September 3, 2013 at 10:49

    P.S. E.L. James is a she, not a he. And some useless trivia, 50 Shades started off as Twilight fanfic.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 3, 2013 at 11:58

      Darryn intentionally slipped up there, to try and throw people off the fact that he secretly has a stash of Fifty Shades books.

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      • Ilden Webber

        September 3, 2013 at 12:21

        Aaaah, airing dirty laundy in public!

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        • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

          September 3, 2013 at 12:26

          Best toilet paper ever.

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          • Ilden Webber

            September 3, 2013 at 12:29

            Don’t give that woman any new ideas!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 3, 2013 at 12:49

            Because it’s rough & punishing?

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 3, 2013 at 10:53

    Well that’s a pity. I quite like Charlie Hunnam after Sons of Anarchy, now I may just have to shun him.

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