After months upon months of speculation and whispers throughout Hollywood, Fifty Shades of Grey writer EL James finally took to twitter yesterday to announce which actors will be playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of what turned out to be the fastest selling paperback of all time.
From Mila Kunis and Selena Gomez to Harry Potter’s Emma Watson, it seems every actress in Hollywood has been linked with the infamous role. The novel’s female fan base also flooded Twitter with hashtags and Facebook groups with images of their ideal Mr Grey. Popular names included Channing Tatum, Ian Somerholder and Matt Bomer.
However, author EL James admitted that she would have liked everyone’s favourite vampire, Robert Pattinson, to play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation. After all, Fifty Shades was based on the Twilight series!
Alas, no. It wasn’t meant to be for My Pattinson.
Writing on Twitter, she said: “I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
She continued: “The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Dakota Johnson is a relatively unknown actress and the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Charlie Hunnam is a British (yay!) actor who is best known for playing Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk.
Film producers have been forced to defend the casting decision after fans took to their social media stations to voice their disappointment.
What do you think of the casting choice? Will you be watching Fifty Shades of Grey – The Movie?