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Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson take the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation

09.02.2013

The "mommy porn" series of books by E.L. James, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, have just taken the next major step in coming to the big screen as the two major players have been cast. Charlie Hunnam will play tormented billionaire Christian Grey, while Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele. This casting will likely ignite the fires for fans of the series, while the rest of us continue being indifferent. That said, I'm a fan of Hunnam's work, mostly from Sons of Anarchy, and think it's a good move for him, career-wise, as he pushes forward to break into the mainstream, which he had decent luck with successful "bomb" (worldwide gross now at $400 million) that was PACIFIC RIM.

Johnson is another story. The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, she has jumped around in smaller roles, including 21 JUMP STREET and THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT and is currently shooting CYMBELINE with Ethan Hawke. She hasn't reached household name status just yet, but expect that to change by the end of today. For both her and Hunnam, regardless of the disdain some folks have for the books, this is a game changer for their careers. In terms of fitting the parts; they're both young and attractive, so I don't think many will object.

Here's the book synopsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (NOWHERE BOY), is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Any fans of the books care to weigh in on the casting?
Source: Deadline

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7:39PM on 09/03/2013

There's only one really important question here...

Do either of them have past experience in the soft core porn field? I mean you kind of need it with this train wreck of a bdsm how to for soccer mom's. Am I right?
Do either of them have past experience in the soft core porn field? I mean you kind of need it with this train wreck of a bdsm how to for soccer mom's. Am I right?
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4:38PM on 09/03/2013
what can I say.. i'd let her reject me.... but lets face it this one is just for girls & the poor guys going out with those girls having to pay for this garbage
what can I say.. i'd let her reject me.... but lets face it this one is just for girls & the poor guys going out with those girls having to pay for this garbage
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3:22PM on 09/03/2013
I'm sorry for that role you are supposed to be hot, not "OK", not "good enough" or "not bad" or even "i wouldn't kick her out of bed" material. You need to be hot, like Halle Berry, Scarlett, Portman, Playboy/Maxim models, I mean no question without a doubt hall of famer hot where acting is secondary. This girl cant act andin no way do i want to see her naked!!! That is where this movie fails, if they could have brought someone in who hasn't really given up the goods (portman, scarlett, watson)
I'm sorry for that role you are supposed to be hot, not "OK", not "good enough" or "not bad" or even "i wouldn't kick her out of bed" material. You need to be hot, like Halle Berry, Scarlett, Portman, Playboy/Maxim models, I mean no question without a doubt hall of famer hot where acting is secondary. This girl cant act andin no way do i want to see her naked!!! That is where this movie fails, if they could have brought someone in who hasn't really given up the goods (portman, scarlett, watson) you would have got a good group of guys who would normally have no reason to watch this potential piece of garbage show up just to see them show it off, but now almost nobody cares or knows who she is, same with the male lead for most ladies who wanted to see this movie, that isn't the guy they were thinking of.
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8:00AM on 09/03/2013
only way i would have gone to see this is if they had cast a 'name' actress in the part. casting a nobody = who cares
only way i would have gone to see this is if they had cast a 'name' actress in the part. casting a nobody = who cares
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1:47AM on 09/03/2013

Shoot, for a second when I saw her name I registered it as

I actually like Fanning as an actress so I'm glad she's not messing up her career with this. On the otherhand, I'm pretty disappointed that Hunnam's signed on. He has legitimate talent and, while this role will definitely make him better known, I think it will just amount to a momentary career boost and in the end it will end up hurting him and causing him to loose credibility. Just look at the leads from Twilight, yeah starring in that definitely earned them some other roles but the initial
I actually like Fanning as an actress so I'm glad she's not messing up her career with this. On the otherhand, I'm pretty disappointed that Hunnam's signed on. He has legitimate talent and, while this role will definitely make him better known, I think it will just amount to a momentary career boost and in the end it will end up hurting him and causing him to loose credibility. Just look at the leads from Twilight, yeah starring in that definitely earned them some other roles but the initial buzz only lasted so long and now a lot of people, probably most, don't take them seriously as actors.
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12:44AM on 09/04/2013
said david cronenberg, twice
said david cronenberg, twice
12:59AM on 09/03/2013
Must be a slow news day.
Must be a slow news day.
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10:42PM on 09/02/2013
Should continue to raise the profile of both actors, good for them.
Should continue to raise the profile of both actors, good for them.
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8:33PM on 09/02/2013

"You're gonna leave me. You're gonna leave 'THIS,' for saggy tits and loose vagina?!"

Dakota Johnson's small role as a superficial 20 year old was hilarious in The Five-Year Engagement. This casting should easily create a pathway for her to pursue better roles. However, I hope she doesn't get too comfortable by sticking to this type of film. Charlie Hunnam is safe, as he already has SoA and Pacific Rim under his belt.
Dakota Johnson's small role as a superficial 20 year old was hilarious in The Five-Year Engagement. This casting should easily create a pathway for her to pursue better roles. However, I hope she doesn't get too comfortable by sticking to this type of film. Charlie Hunnam is safe, as he already has SoA and Pacific Rim under his belt.
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7:58PM on 09/02/2013
I'm looking forward to watching much better soft-core porn online.
I'm looking forward to watching much better soft-core porn online.
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6:47PM on 09/02/2013

Oh! Please let it be PG-13!

I can't wait to see how a film about S&M is adapted to be appropriate for teen audiences.
I can't wait to see how a film about S&M is adapted to be appropriate for teen audiences.
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8:47PM on 09/02/2013
Won't be. And I would not be surprised if they went the NC-17 route.
Won't be. And I would not be surprised if they went the NC-17 route.
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5:19PM on 09/02/2013
I will forgive this movie everything if they work in a pun about Pacific "Rim"
I will forgive this movie everything if they work in a pun about Pacific "Rim"
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5:09PM on 09/02/2013

Don't give a fuck about this movie

But damn that's some good casting, this will be rated R the same audience that went and saw Sex in the City and Magic Mike opening weekend must be going crazy. This things gonna have an 80 million opening weekend guaranteed.
But damn that's some good casting, this will be rated R the same audience that went and saw Sex in the City and Magic Mike opening weekend must be going crazy. This things gonna have an 80 million opening weekend guaranteed.
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4:26PM on 09/02/2013

I am predicting it now

Just think how awesome this is going to be when they release the news of the PG-13 rating so they can get the tweens ina as well as the frustrated housemarms. If your going to make porn at least use good source material.
Just think how awesome this is going to be when they release the news of the PG-13 rating so they can get the tweens ina as well as the frustrated housemarms. If your going to make porn at least use good source material.
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4:21PM on 09/02/2013
Two shit actors for a shit film.
Two shit actors for a shit film.
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4:15PM on 09/02/2013
I like the casting and am a huge fan of both actors. Just would have liked to have seen them in something together in something else other than this.

For career sake, I hope this does well for both of them.
I like the casting and am a huge fan of both actors. Just would have liked to have seen them in something together in something else other than this.

For career sake, I hope this does well for both of them.
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4:42AM on 09/03/2013
As Eric cartman once said " you're a fucking faggot, dude!"
As Eric cartman once said " you're a fucking faggot, dude!"
12:01PM on 09/03/2013
So glad you're so comfortable using the word "faggot".

How about you go fuck yourself and grow up asshole.
So glad you're so comfortable using the word "faggot".

How about you go fuck yourself and grow up asshole.
4:07PM on 09/02/2013
Ever talk to married guys who say these books SO spiced up their sex lives? My eyes rolled back into my head so far it hurt....
Ever talk to married guys who say these books SO spiced up their sex lives? My eyes rolled back into my head so far it hurt....
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3:50PM on 09/02/2013
While on vacation 2 years ago, I looked around the pool and every woman was reading a book from the series.
While on vacation 2 years ago, I looked around the pool and every woman was reading a book from the series.
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3:43PM on 09/02/2013
the single moms demographic is a go
the single moms demographic is a go
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3:21PM on 09/02/2013

Anyone who wanted to see more of Johnson based on her brief time in Social Network..

Today is your day! We are going to see a lot of her in her birthday suit if they want to keep faithful to the book. In all seriousness, the book is absolute garbage. Anatasia Steele is takes the cake for being the most annoying character in literature. It is going to be both sad and interesting to watch Johnson bring to life a character who actually is flat as a pancake. I hope Guardians of the Galaxy wipes the floor with this garbage. That weekend is going to be jam packed at the
Today is your day! We are going to see a lot of her in her birthday suit if they want to keep faithful to the book. In all seriousness, the book is absolute garbage. Anatasia Steele is takes the cake for being the most annoying character in literature. It is going to be both sad and interesting to watch Johnson bring to life a character who actually is flat as a pancake. I hope Guardians of the Galaxy wipes the floor with this garbage. That weekend is going to be jam packed at the theaters. I remember when Mortal Kombat came out. That weekend the Babysitters club came out too. Seeing the two lines divided by the sexes was funny to see. Yes, it will give these two mainstream popularity but then they are going to have to work extra hard to separate themselves from this trash.

Here is someone's hilarious review of the book.
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3:20PM on 09/02/2013
Smart move for both of them. The movie will likely be absolute shit, but it's pretty much guaranteed to make a boatload of cash.
Smart move for both of them. The movie will likely be absolute shit, but it's pretty much guaranteed to make a boatload of cash.
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2:47PM on 09/02/2013
At least neither of them has a major career of any worth to destroy with this move. I have a feeling this will be the new standard in untintentionally funny movies
At least neither of them has a major career of any worth to destroy with this move. I have a feeling this will be the new standard in untintentionally funny movies
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2:44PM on 09/02/2013
I mean she will get naked, right?
I mean she will get naked, right?
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4:27PM on 09/02/2013
PG-13 no nudity maybe a side boob.
PG-13 no nudity maybe a side boob.
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2:29PM on 09/02/2013
As much as I loved Pacific Rim, Charlie Hunnam was terrible in it.
As much as I loved Pacific Rim, Charlie Hunnam was terrible in it.
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2:15PM on 09/02/2013

One thing..:

Will Ron Pearlman have a cameo?
Will Ron Pearlman have a cameo?
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2:07PM on 09/02/2013
Who....the hell...cares?
Who....the hell...cares?
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2:05PM on 09/02/2013
My girl says the casting is all wrong and we've pacific rim and Ben and Kate, good thing is she says we watch guardians of the galaxy first then catch this at a later time
My girl says the casting is all wrong and we've pacific rim and Ben and Kate, good thing is she says we watch guardians of the galaxy first then catch this at a later time
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2:06PM on 09/02/2013
We've seen*
We've seen*
1:59PM on 09/02/2013
Only benefit for this movie, It gets any guys wife and girlfriend in the mood.
Only benefit for this movie, It gets any guys wife and girlfriend in the mood.
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2:23PM on 09/02/2013
Good point. I'll take my wife to see it, then I'll take my girlfriend to see it.
Good point. I'll take my wife to see it, then I'll take my girlfriend to see it.
4:28PM on 09/02/2013
Yes she will lean over and say...honey I am on my period....rawr!
Yes she will lean over and say...honey I am on my period....rawr!
1:35PM on 09/02/2013

aka...

Career Suicide.
Career Suicide.
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1:09PM on 09/02/2013
"Let's go fishing".

"The safeword is still "knifehead", right?"
"Let's go fishing".

"The safeword is still "knifehead", right?"
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12:54PM on 09/02/2013
Oh my gosh I'm so excited.... Please, Joblo, more news about this.
Oh my gosh I'm so excited.... Please, Joblo, more news about this.
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12:47PM on 09/02/2013
Who's Dakota Johnson?
Who's Dakota Johnson?
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12:59PM on 09/02/2013
Daughter of Don Johnson
Daughter of Don Johnson
1:01PM on 09/02/2013
Movie fans might know her best as "the girl who slept ON Sean Parker" from The Social Network
Movie fans might know her best as "the girl who slept ON Sean Parker" from The Social Network
1:01PM on 09/02/2013
Movie fans might know her best as "the girl who slept ON Sean Parker" from The Social Network
Movie fans might know her best as "the girl who slept ON Sean Parker" from The Social Network
5:19PM on 09/02/2013
Can't forget that ass Stanford!
Can't forget that ass Stanford!
9:16PM on 09/02/2013
Dakota Fanning's sister
Dakota Fanning's sister
12:46PM on 09/02/2013
Thats too bad. I like these people
Thats too bad. I like these people
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