The erotic bondage novel series Fifty Shades of Grey has been steadily plodding towards development for some time now. The novels have a rabid fan base, so logically the development of the property has had some priority placed on it.
The novels center on billionaire playboy Christian Grey’s kinky relationship with Anastasia Steele.
Well, the adaptation has just cast its two leads. Charlie Hunnam, of Pacific Rim and Son’s of Anarchy, will be playing Christian Grey, while Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, will play Steele. Johnson has also appeared in smaller supporting roles in films such as 21 Jump Street and The Five-Year Engagement.
This casting is big news for both of these actors. Sure, Hunnam was in Pacific Rim but it didn’t make him a global superstar. It made him ‘that guy in Pacific Rim’ as opposed to ‘that guy from Sons of Anarchy’. The same goes for Dakota Johnson. This casting news bodes well for both of the actors. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing much more from both of them in the future.
The official synopsis is:
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
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