‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Cast Images; Producer Teases Special NC-17 Theatrical Cut

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2015 is going to be a big year for genre movies (superhero, sci-fi, fantasy), yet the first major release of the year will involved bondage and handcuffs, rather than explosions or space battles. Yes, Universal has moved the Fifty Shades of Grey movie away from the dog days of Summer 2014, to the start of the Valentine’s Day frame the next year (not long after confirming that the production start date has been delayed by a month).

Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the novel by E.L. James, who refashioned her popular Twilight erotica fan-fiction in order to produce the mega-best-seller (the first installment in a Fifty Shades trilogy). Several well-established young actresses either publicly and/or privately took a pass on the project, before the lesser-known Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, The Five Year Engagement) accepted the lead role of inexperienced college student Anastasia Steele.

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam was originally recruited to play Christian Grey, but he ended up dropping out and was replaced by Jamie Dornan, who has a history of playing handsome gents with a twisted hidden nature (see: The Fall TV series with Gillian Anderson) that arguably makes him a better fit than Hunnam to play Anastasia’s (more than a little) troubled lover. Indeed, even in the newly-released Fifty Shades cast images, Dornan exudes a sense of quiet menace that is difficult to imagine being matched by Jax Teller (i.e. the ‘Patrick Bateman re-imagined for the age of Twilight‘ look, so to speak).

Check out Johnson and Dornan as Anastasia and Christian in the 50 Shades photos, below (for more, head over to EW):


Acclaimed indie filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is directing Fifty Shades of Grey, drawing from a script written by Kelly Marcel (the writer on next month’s Oscar-friendly release, Saving Mr. Banks). Not only does Johnson comes from a background of more raw and gritty cinematic storytelling, but Marcel also previously claimed that the film will easily be NC-17 Rated. Of course, most people brushed that suggestion aside, since that adults-only rating tends to be the kiss of death for movies at the box office (pardon the wording).

Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, Captain Phillips) told Collider that he has no doubt that the regular theatrical cut will be Rated R, but he also teased the possibility of a special NC-17 version hitting theaters down the line:

“It’ll be R, obviously it has to be R. This is just my opinion and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later. So everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. It’d be great for the studio too because they’d get a double dip on the box office… What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book]. We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want.”

Brunetti makes a solid (or, rather, $olid) argument, though that doesn’t at all guarantee that Universal will go for it. The bigger concern might be that Fifty Shades of Grey will no longer be the major cultural fixation that it currently is, by the time the movie adaptation hits theaters. Of course, there will certainly be an audience no matter what, extending to those beyond the fan base (like those who are merely curious to see if Johnson, Marcel and the film’s leads can elevate the low-grade source material into high art).

Then again, when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey, where’s the harm in a little more controversy (like releasing a special NC-17 version in theaters)?


Fifty Shades of Grey opens in U.S. theaters on February 13th, 2015.

Source: EW, Collider

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  1. Honestly, I think I’d rather watch Lars Von Triers’ new release Nymphomaniac rather than this. It will have more explicit scenes plus the added bonus of a talented cast, decent dialogue and something resembling an actual plot.

  2. This is going to ruin the entire cast’s careers the way Striptease did back in the 90s.

    • I’m not sure about that.

      I wasn’t old enough to know at the time but did anyone say that about Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas when they were cast in Basic Instinct? Because we all know that both their careers exploded once the film was released.

      • Mentioned before, meant to say Showgirls… regardless. Basic Instinct had a plot at least. 50 Shades of Grey is a porn novel written at a 6th grade writing level. It’s going to take some serious work to make this not look like a 2 a.m. Skinemax special.

        • Basic Instinct had so much more going on than plot and sex. The same way that Robocop was more than a ultraviolent man vs machine movie. This movie will be watched by millions of people regardless of how bad the source material is. I have never endured it but I have heard its pretty bad when it comes to writing. It wont ruin anyone’s career that is involved. Jamie Dornan, did well in the fall but this will take him onto another level (read somewhere he has ridiculous demands for bodyguards etc? makes me think he is a D**k) Dakota Johnson never noticed her at all but have definitely seen her in films.

          We will be exposed to this film, like it or not, and I doubt it wont recoup its budget which means more of the same.

          • The hard core bookies will be the only ones who will go to see this piece of crap. The casting is laughable. The script terrible. Yes people will go to see the sex, no caring WHO is cast in the role. Go rent a porn. Better actors/performances compared to who has been cast, and cheaper. Dornan is a very shallow actor, too short and scrawny for the role, too oridinary looking. The girls is a disaster.

  3. Sorry, my brain’s not with me this morning.

    *Showgirls, not Striptease.

  4. Watching the news on this production is a bit like watching a car crash in slow motion – you know it’s gonna end ugly, yet you can’t turn your eyes away.

  5. I’m going to write a guys version and call it 50 Shades of Pink.
    Then I’m going to add heaps of stuff that guys like and we can continuously bombard each other with it and go and buy more books and more books and more books. Then we can drive our partners insane with our constant drivel about it and every scrap of news, we’ll lap it up. And then they can make a movie and continue to clog the tv, radio and internet with all the rumours and we can drool over who we think might play the hot, billionare woman who sweeps a poor naive guy off his feet and treat him like no other…
    Maybe women will then get the point that we totally over this CRAP!!!!

    • Not fair to blame women for it. I’ve known men who like 50 Shades and women who despise it as poorly written garbage that’s more laughable than erotic.

  6. Or maybe we already do that to them with CB movies.

  7. Let the porn industry do this film.

    • For real. Let’s see penetration!!

      • Well, like I said, Lars Von Trier has movies that have porn stars as body doubles for actors and actresses for penetration shots (like the sex scene between Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist and the scenes in his upcoming movie Nymphomaniac, starring Gainsbourg, Shia LeBeouf and Mia Goth).

  8. LOLOLOLOL get a good cast would be the first clue to giving the audience what it wants. These two are ridiculous looking, no amount of sex is going to make up for bad casting and a terrible script. No actor worth anything wanted to have anything to do with this fiasco. The producers are grasping for straws. Once upon a time they wanted to make a quality film, about the love story of the characters, well that was flushed by hiring a friend of the Author who cannot write. Then hiring these two losers. No Thanks. Fifty Shades Of Fail.

  9. To bad they didn’t listen to the fans for the casting.