The two lead roles of Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey were under much contention over the last few months as fans and critics alike suggested their dream actors for the film adaptation. Finally, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have cast the lead spots for the highly anticipated film adaptation. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam have been chosen.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” and the subsequent sequels follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.
Johnson is most known for her roles in films such as The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, and is currently shooting Cymbeline. She also stars on the Fox Network comedy, “Ben and Kate.”
Hunnam has received wide critical acclaim for his role on the FX series, “Sons of Anarchy.” He also recently starred in the film, Pacific Rim as well as Children of Men, Cold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is the pseudo-pornographic novel series written by E.L. James. The trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.
The film is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014 in North America. It was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E.L. James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.