It's Official, Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey


The speculations on which actors would play the lead roles in Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaption has been stopped as Universal Pictures published two separate press releases announcing Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the movie version of E.L. James' erotic novel of the same name which is set to open in August 2014. Read on to see the full press releases after the jump. 

The British author E.L. James also announced it on her Twitter account  saying " I am delighted to let you know that lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."  and then in the following hour she tweeted "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey." 

If this first try is going to make box office records worldwide, then fans are most likely get a trilogy movie with "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades of Freed" being the second and third books respectively.   

Here are the press releases:

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, September 2, 2013 — Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele, the lead female character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,”it was announced today.  The film,which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being 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.  The announcement about Ms. Johnson’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made today by Ms. James. [ Read the full release on Fifty Shades of Grey official Facebook page here ]

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, September 2, 2013 — Charlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,”it was announced today.  He joins Dakota Johnson, who will star opposite him as Anastasia Steele.  The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by SamTaylor-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.  The announcement about Mr. Hunnam’s castingin Fifty Shades of Grey was made today by Ms. James.  [ Read the full release on Fifty Shades of Grey official Facebook page here ]

What do you guys thinks of Hunnam and Johnson for the roles? Were they the same celebrities you were expecting or hoping to get the characters for the silver screen adaptation of the Fifty Shades of Grey? 

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