Producers Explain Fifty Shades Of Grey Casting, Matt Bomer Weeps Silently

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Dakota Johnson and Charlie HunnamAfter months, if not years, if not decades of speculation, the two leads in the film version of 50 Shades Of Grey have finally been cast. And yes, I know the book wasn't even published until 2011, and not a single decade has passed between then and now, but this movie is inching its way to completion at such a glacial pace that it makes it feel like time is standing still.

But you know what's not standing still? The blind rage of fans now that the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele aren't up-for-grabs anymore. They went to Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson, two relative unknowns about whom I know absolutely nothing. Apparently there are still a lot of people who care about this way more than I do, however. Enough so that they have nothing better to do than to sit at home obsessing over the casting for this movie, and firing off a barrage of tweets at Dana Brunetti, the movie's producer, criticizing her decision.

To her credit, though, she's responded really admirably, retweeting some of the more ridiculous statements and posting a response to the uproar in general, explaining her choice:


Basically, there's more going on here than you realize, crazies, so why don't you pump the brakes for a second, yeah? There were a ton of names flying around, from Mila Kunis to Matt Bomer to Ian Somerhalder to Alexis Bledel, and they certainly took their time making the decisions, so let's just admit that even if they have no idea what they're doing and this is all a huge mistake, you're gonna see the movie anyway. Because, as E.L. James points out, at least you care:


Also this movie is still slated to open in a mere eleven months, so there's no time like the present to, y'know, start casting it and stuff. Tick tock.

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