Charlie Hunnam, Dakota Johnson cast as 'Fifty Shades of Grey' leads

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Sept. 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM   |   Comments

Sept. 2 (UPI) -- After months of speculation and anticipation the erotic novel's eager fan base, Universal and Focus Features have finally chosen "Fifty Shades of Grey's" two stars, Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.

Hunnam, best known for his role as an outlaw biker on "Sons of Anarchy," will play Christen Grey, a suave young billionaire with a personal helicopter and bondage fetish.

Johnson -- the relatively unknown 23-year-old daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith -- will play the naive and sexually inexperienced Anastasia Steele. The actress previously starred in FOX's short-lived sitcom, "Ben and Kate."

"50 Shades" author E.L. James made the casting announcements on Twitter Monday.

A source told US Weekly that Johnson "had several meetings" with James and the film's producers.

"They loved her for the role," the source said. "She was thrilled to be in the running and is very excited."

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the 2009 John Lennon flick "Nowhere Boy," will helm the project.

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