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To put it politely, the casting choices for Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey's roles in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie did not exactly wow the book's fans.

Also to put it politely, Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam have been cast as Ana and Christian and there's no petition or whining that will change it.

  • Blake Lively in NYC
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However, the question of who will play key supporting characters Kate Kavanagh and Elliot Grey is still unanswered, and may offer readers some hope.

Elliot is Christian's older brother, so that probably rules out a lot of young hunks people wanted to see as Christian. Hunnam himself is 33 years old.

A mature, yet still good-looking actor: Any ideas?

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It was only a matter of time. With Charlie Hunnam talking about the "tangible chemistry" he felt with co-star Dakota Johnson, a fan has put it to the test. Sort of.

In the following Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, we get a not-entirely-accurate sense of how the actors cast as Christian and Ana might work as an on-screen duo.

Using spliced-together clips of their previous roles, of course:

Dakota Johnson is not expected to go blonde, nor will Charlie Hunnam (also seen in last night's Sons of Anarchy Season 6 premiere) look as young as this.

Still, one has to hand it to the creator of this mashup of some of their sexiest scenes in this trailer, giving fans a taste of what to expect next summer.

It may be months before we get a real Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (the Super Bowl on February 2 feels like a good time), so these will have to do for now.

Not that there's a shortage of them. Check out another fan-made effort amusingly, featuring no leads at all (just a lot of sexy imagery) after the jump:

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Charlie Hunnam may not have been fans' ideal choice to play Christian Grey, but the Fifty Shades of Grey movie star may be a better fit than many realize.

During an interview with E! News, he was asked about the nudity, S&M and feverish sex that will go down between Christian and Anastasia Steele.

"I spent a lifetime preparing myself for that," he said with a smile.

In all seriousness, Hunnam says he has great chemistry with Dakota Johnson and it's "incredibly exciting" to play E.L. James' character on screen.

"He's a very complex, fascinating character and I feel really excited and delighted to be entrusted with the job of bringing him to life and its a big responsibility."

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Dakota Johnson is going straight to the source, spending time with Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James on Sunday afternoon in New York City.

The 23-year-old actress will be playing Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of James' erotic bestseller, and the two appeared to really hit it off.

Dakota Johnson and EL James

"The beautiful, talented, funny as feck, Dakota Johnson. Oh and that bloke @danabrunetti," E.L. Tweeted, referring to the film's producer Dana Brunetti.

Dakota was cast in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie along with hunk Charlie Hunnam, who will play tortured, S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey.

James is thrilled with the casting. Fans? Not as much.

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Fifty Shades of Grey star Charlie Hunnam says he's ready to embrace the role of Christian Grey, and that there's tangible chemistry with his co-star.

At the FX premiere of Sons of Anarchy Season 6, Hunnam, 33, discussed for the first time how he landed the role of Christian, and why he wanted it.

  • Christian Grey (Actor)
  • Anastasia Steele (Actress)

"As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us."

"It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it."

That would be his co-star Dakota Johnson, 23, who will portray Anastasia Steele, Christian's lover in the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Before Dakota, Hunnam spoke with director Sam Taylor-Johnson about her thoughts on the role, after which he "felt really intrigued and excited about it."

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Ryan Gosling could've been Christian Grey if he had any interest, but turned down the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey movie role, a new report says.

While earlier reports suggested that author EL James wanted Robert Pattinson for the role, Gosling, 32, was the original choice for Universal Studios.

Gosling was heavily courted, only to reject the role may fans wanted to see him in. Ryan, Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer were all fan favorites.

Universal's second choice Garrett Hedlund, 29, reportedly gave it a chance, but "couldn't connect with the character" and pulled out of the running in July.

Eventually, the studio settled on Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as his love interest Ana Steele, two casting moves that were widely panned by fans.

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Fifty Shades of Grey fans' petition to replace Charlie Hunnam with Matt Bomer as lead character Christian Grey is flattering, the latter said in an interview.

"I'm so grateful for all the fans and touched," he tells Entertainment Tonight, however, "I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota."

  • Matt Bomer Photograph
  • Charlie Hunnam Pic

Fans didn't exactly scream in ecstasy when they learned Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Some took action.

A Change (dot) org petition begged producers to cast Bomer as kinky-yet-sensitive billionaire Christian and Alexis Bledel as his willing sex toy Anastasia Steele.

Bomer politely declined to take up the cause, but the White Collar star did say he's excited to explore the bad boy side of his TV character more this year.

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Robert Pattinson is one angry hunk.

Over rumors that Kristen Stewart wants to date Zac Efron? No. Well, maybe.

But the real source of the actor's alleged contention is him being passed over for the steamy, sought-after role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.

And for Charlie Hunnam of all people!

Robert Pattinson in Sunglasses

"Rob was dying to play" this iconic part, an insider claims to The National Enquirer.

He's “angrily telling pals it’s one thing to lose this plum role to an established star, like, say, Channing Tatum, but to lose it to some unknown actor is downright insulting."

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With the considerable backlash surrounding the Fifty Shades of Grey movie casting, should producers be concerned that fans will lose passion for the project?

To say that readers weren't wowed en masse by Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey would be putting it mildly.

THG polling suggests fewer than 30 percent of respondents are excited about the two actors chosen for the adaptation of EL James' erotic novel.

It's not just indifference, either. Many are full-on livid over it.

Tens of thousands have even gone so far as to petition for a new Christian and Ana, specifically Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel in the sexy lead roles.

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The casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey leaves a lot to be desired for many fans. In a way, this was inevitable.

Since the film was announced in March 2012, dozens of stars have been attached to the romantic leads, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were selected to play the parts Monday, beating out more many established peers and fan favorites alike.

So who else was actually considered, and why weren't they picked?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Garrett Hedlund (subject of a fan-made trailer above) was heavily courted by Universal Pictures for Christian.

This wasn't just a rumor started by a reader.

The 28-year-old reportedly passed on the project in July because he "couldn't connect with the character," a billionaire with a penchant for rough sex.

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