A lot of people, myself included, have lots of things to say about the recent Fifty Shades of Grey casting announcement, which was unveiled yesterday and confirmed by E.L. James via Twitter. Dakota Johnson will be playing the oh-so-innocent Anastasia Steele, while Charlie Hunnam is taking on the icy role of Christian Grey. Whether or not you enjoyed the books, there's definitely something to be said about the casting for the film adaptation of what is probably one of the most influential novels of the decade.
First, Dakota Johnson as Anastasia "Ana" Steele. I have to be honest, I'd barely heard of Dakota Johnson before yesterday. She's had some roles in a few recent comedies, like the 21 Jump Street film adaptation and The Five-Year Engagement. She also played Kate on the short-lived Fox TV show Ben and Kate and is the daughter of actors Don johnson and Melanie Griffith. The fact that she isn't an established star is good, because it means we won't have to live with Alexis Bledel, who will forever be Rory Gilmore, playing the controversial character. Still, it's a bit hard to see Johnson playing a virginal college student.
Charlie Hunnam: 2013 vs. 2001
Most people know Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller, bad boy biker and president of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club on the hit FX television show Sons on Anarchy. However, Hunnam will forever in my heart be Lloyd Haythe, the English ladies' man from Judd Apatow's Undeclared, a 2001 comedic college-set TV series that only got one season but has since grown a cult following due to Apatow's cinematic success. He also recently starred as Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim. Thankfully, Hunnam has grown up since Undeclared, but I'm thinking he's going to have to loose the fantastic Jax beard for his role as Christian. Good looks aside, as someone who is not a fan of Christian Grey, it's going to be hard seeing an actor I like play such a jerk. I think this Tweet from Jennifer Armentrout sums up the reaction to Charlie Hunnam as Christian nicely:
So tell me, what do you think about the 50 Shades casting? Is Hunnam brooding and sexy enough to play Christian, and can Johnson pull off playing Ana?