Latest ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Casting Rumors Include Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam

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Dakota Johnson in The Social Network Latest Fifty Shades of Grey Casting Rumors Include Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam

From its origins as a Twilight fan fiction called “Master of the Universe” (sadly, He-Man wasn’t in the original draft), E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was successfully retooled and published to an eager audience, becoming a huge success practically overnight and winning the hearts of a predominantly female reader base.

Fifty Shades of Grey broke records as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, and has already sold well over 70 million copies, but its popularity alone isn’t enough to guarantee interest from big-name actors. Due to the nature of the story, the film will almost certainly require its stars to sign nudity clauses, and to perform in some pretty kinky sex scenes.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson responded to rumors of her involvement scornfully, asking, “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.” Other actresses who have reportedly turned down the role of Anastasia Steele include Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina).

According to The Wrap, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and the producers at Universal currently have their eye on Dakota Johnson, a model who has already begun making the move into acting with roles in The Social Network, 21 Jump Street and The Five-Year Engagement. Johnson is described as a “serious contender” for the role of protagonist Anastasia Steele, an English Literature student who is sent to interview rich CEO Christian Grey, and finds her love life quickly turned upside-down.

The response from critics was mixed, with some reviewers praising it as enjoyable, saucy fun and others condemning it for its awkward dialogue and repetition of the same words or phrases, as well as the weakness of the plot and characters. Members of the BDSM community have also criticized Fifty Shades of Grey for being a poor representation of sado-masochism and bondage, romanticizing an unhealthy relationship and insinuating that an interest in handcuffs and leather is a sign of childhood trauma (Christian explains to his beloved Ana that he enjoys whipping girls like her because “you all look like the crack whore – my birth mother.”)

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The role of Fifty Shades of Grey‘s charming ladies man will not be decided until Ana has already been cast, but Arrow actor Stephen Amell has confirmed that he was called in to audition. Joining Amell in the running, according to Twitch, is Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam, who is apparently the producers’ current top choice to play the role. This doesn’t mean that Hunnam has expressed an interest, however, and considering Hunnam is moving on to Guillermo del Toro’s horror film Crimson Peak, the production schedules may end up clashing. The Guardian reports that Hunnam’s representatives have already denied any involvement with Fifty Shades of Grey.

With the scheduled shooting date a scant couple of months away, the chosen actors will no doubt be confirmed before too long. In the meantime, we don’t recommend telling women that they look like crack whores; that line probably doesn’t work as well in real life as it does for Christian Grey.


Fifty Shades of Grey opens in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Twitch, The Wrap, The Guardian

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  1. Is this article serious? was fifty shades of gray really twilight fan fiction?

    • Sadly yes.

  2. I know money is what makes films roll, but come on… know some shame, please.

  3. Charlie Hunnam would be wise to
    steer clear of this. I’m sure he will.

    The books cannot be taken seriously
    and the movie is toxic for any actor.

    • “The books cannot be taken seriously
      and the movie is toxic for any actor.”

      Could you elaborate a little more? I haven’t read the book(s), so I’m curious about it and am legitimately interested in your opinion.

  4. I think the roles should go to ‘unknowns’. Why? Well the name of the film and its reputation is bigger than any actor who could appear.

  5. Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones is the Best Choice for Anastesia.

    • Agreed!

  6. Ian Sommerhalder as Christian if not ain interested in seeing this film.

  7. Ok this is a problem. I come ScreenRant, and the first thing I see, is an artice on 50 Shades of Sh*t? Please never write another article on this garbage ever again.

    • Amen

    • @Straight Dave.

      That is what Screen Rant does. Post news, rumors and info on entertainment in movies and television.

      50 Shades of Grey is being worked into a movie therefore it is here. There is going to be something sooner or later to knock it down.

    • The Whole 50 Shades of Grey has now made it acceptable and mainstream to abuse other people in a hedonistic way?

      Really? My Sister Krista summed it up best.

      “Honey, if you needed a book to spice up and save your marriage, what were you living in before the book came out?”

    • The movie has a huge potential built-in audience from the books
      and, sadly, this will be an event movie of sorts and hard to ignore.
      All the top movie sites are as expected reporting on this production.

    • You clicked on an article about Fifty Shades of Grey to complain that you don’t want to read articles about Fifty Shades of Grey?

      • Checkmate.

      • Precisiley. More so to tell them to cut it out.

        • You act and talk like you are scolding a child.
          You have over-stepped your job description.
          Screen Rant does not take orders from you.

  8. I’m trying to figure out the best way to put how little I care for this movie to be made or who gets cast…

    • It’s too late, you already took enough of an interest to click on the article and comment on it, so we all know you care a little bit. ;)

  9. They probably could of got bigger stars had Gus Van Sant been hired.

    • I don’t think they’re aiming for bigger stars. No star with an already decent career would touch this.

  10. Oh goodness, according to reports producers have had “their eye” on tons of actors and actresses. These have all been proven rumors! Dakota looks NOTHING like Ana anyway. She’s too tall and doesn’t have Ana’s delicate features, big eyes, and natural innocence. Sorry but NO.

    • So true! Even Charlie Hunnam’s reps have already denied he’s in talks for the film. I think we’ve learned you can’t trust a story just because it says “the production”, “sources”, or “an insider” written in article, when there isn’t an actual quote or named source. “Close sources” told us Alex Pettyfer was cast as Christian months ago, and “insiders” said the cast would be revealed at comic con. Both were false!

    • This chick is not Ana, that’s for sure!

  11. Rumors. This article says nothing more than all the others that have been proven false.