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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."

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  • 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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We knew some Fifty Shades of Grey fans weren't thrilled with the actors cast as the movie's sexy leads, but we may have underestimated the level of vitriol.

There's already a petition to oust Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam.

A petition on change (dot) org, which was no doubt created with just this kind of important community activism in mind, has well over 10,000 signatures.

As for who the irate 50 Shades petitioners would love to replace Chakota with?

Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel, two of the favorites in the online fantasy casting game that became a 50 Shades pastime for the better part of 18 months.

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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.

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Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey.

But Bret Easton Ellis claims the Sons of Anarchy star was NOT the first choice of author E.L. James, who supposedly opened up to Ellis at a party this summer.

"E.L. James and I were at Rob Pattinson's house when she admitted that Rob was first choice for Christian," Ellis Tweeted soon after the major casting news broke yesterday.

Robert Pattinson on the Set

The controversial Ellis - who slammed Kelly Marcel as screenwriter of Fifty Shades of Grey - also shot down a couple other contenders who had been rumored for the part of this S&S fiend:

"Ian Somerhalder never in running," he wrote. "Matt Bomer was never up for the role either."

Was the part ever offered to Pattinson? It's unclear. Would he have taken it? We doubt it, no matter how sexy the star is in this Dior Homme ad.

But would you have wanted to see Robert Pattinson as Christian Grey?



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