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50 Shades of Grey Locks In Its Official Leads, and They're Not Who You'd Expect

By Dustin Rowles | Books | September 2, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Books | September 2, 2013 |

… and they are, Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson?

The nostril-flaring mediocre actor from Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim will join Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s daughter, Dakota Johnson (recently of “Ben and Kate”) in the adaptation of the poorly written erotica novel. Hunnam’s character is wealthy, damaged Christian Grey; Johnson will play Anastasia Steele, who falls for Grey and becomes his submissive lover.

These are very weird casting choices, and nothing like the A-list names that have been bandied around for months (including ScarJo, Robert Pattinson, Mila Kunis, and Emma Watson, among many others), and while I like both actors despite their faults (Hunnam is really not a very good actor and Johnson is full of endearing quirks), they’re not the choices I might have imagined. Ever. In fact, the pairing makes me uncomfortable because I’m sweet on Dakota Johnson, and I don’t want to see her in a damaging submissive sexual relationship, but perhaps that’s the point?

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is still in line to direct to movie based on the E.L. James bestseller.


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