After many months of speculation, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James tweeted a big announcement about the lead roles in the film adaptation of her erotic novel on Sept. 2: “Good morning all. Hold onto your hats,” she wrote, “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.”

Who is Dakota Johnson?

That would be Melanie Griffiths and Don Johnson’s 23-year-old daughter Dakota, a model-turned actress you may have seen in The Social Network and sitcom Ben and Kate.

But what about Christian Grey, the businessman with dark secrets?

He will be played, James announced, by “The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam,” 33-year-old star of TV series Sons of Anarchy. The bearded actor also appeared smooth-shaved (and built!) in $180 million sci-fi flick Pacific Rim.

Earlier this year, Hunnam spoke about only taking on projects he believed in. “What was most important to me is that I always cared about the movies that I was making,” he said. “I didn’t just want to ‘work.'”

Charlie Hunnam
source, warner bros

The film of the fastest-selling paperback of all time will be directed by Nowhere Boy’s Sam Taylor-Johnson, and bigger starring names had been bandied about and denied: Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame, The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger). Author Bret Easton Ellis let slip that E.L. James had Robert Pattinson in mind (Fifty Shades, after all, started out as Twilight fan fiction). But with his two almost-unknowns, tweeted producer Michael De Luca, “Auditions were stunning, incredible chemistry!”

To see the evidence for yourself, you’ll have to wait until next August, when the film is released.

Who would you have liked to see playing Christian and Anastasia? We’d love to hear your suggestions.

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  • Interesting to see how they adapt this for the big screen.


  • I didn’t think the book was that good.


  • I think every woman has their own perfect picture in their mind of what Christian Grey should look like.
    This movie and the cast should prove interesting.

    • My perfect Mr Grey… Chris Hemsworth he’s smokin hot and Aussie can’t get better than that, no wait younger brother Liam is smokin as well, oh darn OK all the Hemsworth boys, shouldn’t forget Luke. lol.

      • I agree – Any of those would have been a nice choice!


  • At least the movie would almost have to be better written than the books.


  • Keen to see the movie come out, the cast looks okay.


  • Bit dissapointed in Mr Grey not who I thought him to be as many others did too – we all have our own Mr Grey


  • I think I will be giving this movie a miss, tried to read the books but gave up


  • I couldn’t finish the books, gave up halfway


  • Thanks for the information. When does the film get released?


  • There’s a different guy playing the lead now isn’t there?


  • just for having Charlie in it, I will watch it time and time again, he is so sexy


  • is this movie out yet?


  • Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading it.


  • thanks for sharing this read


  • thanks for sharing was a good read


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