Casting rumors for the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey have been swirling for months, but there is still nothing official. The only thing we know for sure so far is that Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing and it shares the August 1, 2014 release date with Guardians of the Galaxy.
We're starting to get more casting rumors now as word has come out that the frontrunner for the role of Christian Grey is Charlie Hunnam. You know Hunnam from the show Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim. I read the book and I wouldn't necessarily say he is perfect casting for the role, but he would probably make it work.
Now with this said, it has also been expressed by the studio that they are hoping to cast Anastasia Steele before Christian Grey. This has been done many times to make sure there is chemistry between the actors. A prime example would be Twilight. Kristen Stewart was cast as Bella Swan long before Robert Pattinson was cast as Edward Cullen. Stewart went through weeks of auditions with many actors as director Christine Hardwicke searched for the right actor for her Bella. It was rumored earlier this week that Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) was under consideration for the role of Anastasia Steele. Yet another questionable casting for me, but it happens.
Now obviously this could all change once there is an actress on board for Fifty Shades of Grey, but for right now it appears the frontrunners are in fact Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. As for schedules the one who has a pretty busy future is Hunnam as he is committed to at least two more seasons of Sons of Anarchy and Hunnam himself is denying that he has been cast in the role. Either way casting needs to get somewhat underway before too long if they want to make the August release date.
Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of a young, wealthy businessman who recruits a virginal college student to be his sex slave. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. The movie is based off the first book in EL James' Fifty Shades trilogy.
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