[News] CONFIRMED: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Casts Charlie Hunnam & Dakota Johnson as Leads

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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been courting a lot of attention (not all of it good) since Universal sent it down the production pipeline with acclaimed director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) at the helm. T

The story – about a college senior who meets a sexually eccentric young billionaire and begins a strange BDSM relationship with him – has been a bestselling book trilogy and was (for a moment) a serious cultural fixation – which is why the question of the lead actors in the film version has been a big one.

Aside from those now-defunct Emma Watson rumors, or the more credible whispers that “Arrow” star Stephen Amell could take the role of the titular Christian Grey, a more recent report pointed to “Social Network” actress Dakota Johnson and “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam being our principal pair for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. And now that looks to be the case, officially.

Deadline dropped the confirmation about Johnson, while the more controversial casting of Hunnam was confirmed by Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James via Twitter.

With the leads now secured, it falls on Taylor-Johnson and her screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova) to create a cinematic experience that is more than a exploitative skin-flick – while possibly having to elevate the questionable storytelling abilities of E.L. James, as well. That’s not to mention the mountain of stigma facing this property, or the task of selling a highly-explict (possibly NC-17) film to the masses.

How do you feel about this casting?

Fifty Shades of Grey will be in theaters on August 1, 2014.

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