Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam Set to Lead 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

September 2, 2013

Dakota Johnson / Charlie Hunnam

After rumors swirled around actresses like Emma Watson for the lead role in Universal Pictures and Focus Features' anticipated adaptation of the erotic bestselling romance Fifty Shades of Grey, Deadline reports The Social Network, 21 Jump Street and The Five-Year Engagement supporting actress Dakota Johnson has landed the lead female role as Anastasia Steele, an impending college graduate who strikes up an S&M romance with successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey, the physical and emotional dominant to her submissive personality. The move seems surprising upon first inspection, but it really isn't. More below!

The Social Network producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca are behind the adaptation, so they already had an established relationship with the actress. In addition, 21 Jump Street is a Sony film, and Johnson had a small role in that as well. She's proven to be very talented in these small roles, and this should be quite the breakthrough performance as a lead actress. We're not sure how fans of the book series will react since most fans were casting big names in the lead role, but the real dealbreaker for them will be who ends up getting cast as Christian Grey. Rumors lately have pinpointed "Sons of Anarchy" and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam to take the role, but an announcement hasn't been made yet. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Author E.L. James just updated Twitter to confirm that Charlie Hunnam has taken the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. Hunnam has been on the rise since his work on "Sons of Anarchy" really got him noticed, and he led the blockbuster Pacific Rim pretty well, but we'll have to see how the fans react, since they will make or break the success of this flick.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


Surprising choice. I think Hunnam may be looking to show he can play characters who aren't brooding angry men but alas I have yet to see him in anything acting worthy so this will be a big test I suppose. Still amazing how far he's come.

poster_guy on Sep 2, 2013


No offense but Dakota Johnson has ugly features (and a Rumor Willis jaw line...ew), and she is tall while Ana is petite and dainty and delicate. She doesn't have Ana's pretty features and big eyes either. She doesn't even have a chest and looks old. I don't understand this cast at all. Are they trying to ruin the film or what? I'm not seeing this movie now. They put shame to these books with their poor casting choices.

LizGrace on Sep 2, 2013


Damn! that girl is a conehead

toonfed on Sep 2, 2013


Well, I was excited to see Hunnam in more film roles. I have zero interest in seeing him in this glorified erotic fanfiction.

Jertown on Sep 2, 2013

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