Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Producers Defend Charlie Hunnam, Dakota Johnson Casting

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The producers of Fifty Shades of Grey are defending the casting of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam, which was not what you would call universally lauded.

Fantasy 50 Shades of Grey movie casting has become an online pastime for almost two years, which fans throwing out countless names and pairings.

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam? Not a common one.

A common Twitter refrain: "Who the heck are these people?"

Another fan, writing the film off before it's even started filming, wrote: "Ok… they freaking killed it. The movie has been totally ruined. Fifty Shades will suck."

Yet another likened the casting to Ben Affleck as Batman, calling Hunnam as Christian Grey "so wrong" and lamenting the early death of the 50 Shades film.

The backlash was so bad that the filmmakers responded.

Producer Dana Brunetti Tweeted, "There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc."

"So if your favorite wasn’t cast" in Fifty Shades of Grey, "then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."

Fifty Shades author E.L. James added "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."

Charlie Hunnam Image
Dakota Johnson Photograph

Good attitude from E.L., but it may not calm the mob down, especially after Bret Easton Ellis claimed her first choice for Christian was Robert Pattinson.

Other fan favorite picks included Ian Somerhalder, Alexander Skarsgard and Matt Bomer, while countless, popular Ana Steele picks went by the wayside.

In a way, this casting, and reaction, was expected.

With books, one's idealized version of a character rarely matches what a group of producers picks. Also, they were likely to go with relative unknowns all along.

Nevertheless, to say that Hunnam and Johnson have received a lukewarm welcome from Fifty Shades Nation would be putting it as politely as possible.

Somewhere, Ben Affleck is nodding in solidarity.

What do you think? Willing to give Charlie and Dakota a chance? Or are you too irate to even consider watching at this point? Vote and sound off below!

Charlie Hunnam as Christian:

Dakota Johnson as Ana:


I think the producers made a choice with Charlie and Dakota. I can imagine them acting together as I read the books.


To those of you who don't even know who these ppl are watch 21 jump street and a couple episodes of sons of anarchy. Charlie is perfect for this part as for her I'm not so sure but ill watch and see how she does.


Dakota has no characteristic of Hannah, she looks about thirty years of age and Charle is not breathtaking. Disappointed!!


Dakota has no characteristic of Hannah, she looks about thirty years of age and Charle is not breathtaking. Disappointed!!


Keep in mind, the chosen actors are just that - they are ACTORS that ACT a part. They do not have to embody the part in their personal life they just need to act the part while filming - just looking at an actor and dismissing him/her saying that isn't "Christian" or "Ana" from a pic on the red carpet a year ago is ridiculous!


I love the books and am in love with characters of Christian and Ana. While my top pick was Matt Bomer, I am excited to see how these two will do. I think the movie will be great and I refuse to write it off just because my favorites weren't cast. That's just stupid! I mean, who the hell knew who Robert Pattinsin was before Twilight? Now he's everyone's Edward. Charlie Hunnam will end bring everyone's Christian, too. Mark my words.


The producers can defend the film all they want. But it doesn't change the fact that most people who were fans of the books, are not going to see it. And we all know that in runs into millions. And also any other book that E.L James will write; don't expect that many people will read it, after they pushed the fans of the cliff. You don't do that to fans. I found it absolutely discosting.


That guy is all wrong for the part! I'm not saying he's a bad actor but he's not what women had in mind while reading the book. We needed someone that will take our breath away. We need someone that will make us consider some of the crazy things that Christian did. This actor is too short, too blond, too wrong. Nothing bad about him as a person; just him as Christian. We've waited with abated breath for a long time for this announcement only to be disappointed. At least give us a reason to want to wait a year before the film is released. Now most woman are like "who cares?".


EEKKKKKK!!!! I guess I'll just stick to the books and do without the movies. I'm an avid reader and books turned into movies are ALWAYS a disappointment and I sure don't have any interest in either one of these people. E.L. James can just take the money and run. That's her goal anyway.

@ nanci

ITA with Nanci above.....he may be a great actor, but his physical appearance is all wrong. Christian/Edward will always be tall, dark, and handsome in my mind. Poor casting.....I'll wait til the movie comes out on DVD!


Felicity Jones was offered the role originally but turned it down because they wanted full frontal nudity. Other actresses also turned it down after her, then it went to Dakota. Dakota was obviously not one of their top choices, thank God, but it still sucks that she's been cast when we could've had Felicity Jones! Felicity actually looks like Ana and is petite and delicate with big eyes and pretty features. Dakota look old, is too tall, has small eyes and not attractive features. She is overall the complete opposite of Ana!

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