The Fifty Shades Of Grey Leads Have Been Cast, For Real This Time

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Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam

Attention! This is not a drill. After what feels like years of rumors and speculation and teasing, the leads for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie have finally been cast. And I have absolutely no opinion about it, so please don't shoot the messenger if you have a problem. I'm just a humble blogger bringing you the news and fearing the wrath of fans. Drum roll please. Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey will be played by Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. Respectively. They're not doing any cross-gender twist or anything. Author E.L. James announced the castings on her Twitter page an hour apart and then Deadline confirmed it, so we know it's actually official this time.

Since I haven't read these books, all I can give you is a little background information about the actors. Dakota Johnson is the 23-year-old daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. She appeared in the tragically canceled TV comedy Ben and Kate last season. Charlie Hunnam is a 33-year-old British actor. He's perhaps best known for his role on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy. He also appeared in this year's Pacific Rim.

I can't tell you how relieved I am that this question is finally answered, not because I had anything invested in the casting, but because the rumors were endless. Every day another name was attached to the role, and we had so many false alarms that I was starting to think it would never be official. But I'm curious to ask what fans of the novel have to say about the casting? From what I know about the characters, their ages at least seem pretty accurate, but how do you think they'll fare in the roles? Do you think it was a good idea to go with lesser-known actors?

The movie has a release date of August 1, 2014, so this announcement comes almost exactly eleven months in advance.

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