In the flurry of news and speculation over who would play a grown man who dresses like a bat and does battle with a god-like alien in blue tights, who would voice a CGI cybernetic raccoon that packs a machine gun, the fact that Vin Diesel is going to play a goddamn talking tree, and who will star in a J.J. Abrams Star Wars film , the world has forgotten about the most important casting search in the history of cinema—who will play the two lovers in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey? You know, the erotic novel that began as a piece of online Twilight fan-fiction before eventually becoming the written equivalent of soft-core Cinemax flicks, the book that captured the hearts and minds of bored and sexually frustrated housewives across the world.
Well, courtesy of the Twitter account of EL James, who wrote the book, we now have our answer:
Good moaning all. Hold on to your hats…
I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
To all the supporters, lovers and haters – thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you.
To which the world responded: you mean that guy from Sons of Anarchy with the hair who never puts his chin down? And the girl from that one bedroom scene with Justin Timberlake in The Social Network? Well…ok.”
Hunnam (who currently stars in Sons of Anarchy and anchored this summer’s Pacific Rim) will join forces with Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and who appeared in 21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement, and Ben and Kate) will join forces to star together in the film that will try to make you forget that 9 ½ Weeks basically told the same story back in 1986.
50 Shades of Grey has a projected release date of August 1, 2014.
What do you think of the casting news?