After much wait and anticipation by fans of E.L. James’ titillating book trilogy, director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) has found her Christan Grey and Anastasia Steele for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson will be fulfilling many fantasies when the big screen adaptation hits theaters August 1, 2014.
The casting news broke earlier this morning on both Twitter and Facebook, which came to the surprise of many fans of the infamous literotica written by the Twilight fan fiction author. Charlie Hunnam, the 33-year-old actor, recently starred in this summer’s Pacific Rim, but television series Sons of Anarchy is where his true stardom lies. However, Dakota Johnson is fairly less known. Having been a side character in 21 Jump Street and the lead in the new comedy ‘Ben and Kate,’ which was shelved by Fox after weak ratings, Johnson has a lot to prove to fans.
When the Christian casting bomb dropped, many fans of the novels flocked to Facebook, like many geeks upset by the Ben Affleck as Batman casting, making comments such as “Should have been Channing Tatum.,” “Not my vision of Christian,” “Very disappointed,” and “I thought Ms. James would have had better sense than that.” I’m actually shocked nobody tossed in Ryan Gosling – although I have no idea what the character calls for.
And it wasn’t just Charlie Hunnam who got the brunt of the fanrage. In regards to Anastasia’s casting, words like “The movie is going to be terrible,” “I was hoping for someone younger looking…,” and “She doesn’t exactly fit the description.” But I think one fan really hit the nail on the head when she said, “Oh for heaven’s sake! Lets face it….WE ALL WISHED WE COULD BE CAST AS ANASTASIA STEELE!!!”
Everyone has their own image of their favorite characters in their mind and movie studios can’t please everyone. What matters most is how well Ms. Johnson and Mr. Hunnam will be able to translate the text into their characters; or really how much chemistry and sex appeal they will have together. This is just another case of Heath Ledger Outrage Syndrome. Everyone gets all up in arms and doesn’t care about how well the performance will be until they see it for themselves. In a perfect world, if I am to sit through this movie, I would have preferred to see Mila Kunis and Ryan Gosling, but that’s just me.
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release and has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. For those not up-to-speed on the subject matter, here is a brief synopsis of the plot:
Fifty Shades of Grey is the story of a college student, Anastasia, who begins a relationship with a 27 year old very successful and powerful businessman, Christian Grey, after interviewing him for her college newspaper. Ana loses her virginity to Christian, and he wants her to sign a non-disclosure agreement and a contract that keeps their relationship purely sexual and defines how their relationship as one of “dominance and submission.”
Better brush up on your literature fellas because come next summer movie season your lady friends will want some payback for all the blow-em up action movies you’ve taken them to.
Fifty Shades of Grey will make its debut August 1, 2014.