Fifty Shades of Grey producer defends casting

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 September 2013
Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

'Fifty Shades of Grey' producer Dana Brunetti has defended casting Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson following backlash from fans on social media

'Fifty Shades of Grey' producer Dana Brunetti has defended the film's casting following fan backlash.

Avid readers of E.L. James' best-selling erotic novel took to social media to protest the hiring of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles in the big screen adaptation of the book, but Brunetti has hit back, insisting producers took great care in selecting the actors who will bring Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele to life.

He wrote on Twitter: "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, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."

Universal Pictures announced they had selected 'Pacific Rim' star Hunnam and little-known 'Social Network' actress Johnson to star in the movie on Monday (02.09.13), ending months of speculation about who would play virginal Anastasia and her bondage-loving billionaire beau.

The studio previously confirmed that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the eagerly anticipated adaptation, while Kelly Marcel is behind the film's script.

Brunetti, who produced 'The Social Network', and Michael De Luca will produce the film.

Fifty Shades of Grey

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle
  • UK release: 13 February 2015

Despite its troubling gender politics and distinct lack of plot, the likeable Johnson brings nuance and charm to a paper-thin character; Dornan manages to offer a hint of humanity; and given the many constraints, this sleek, fairly trim and occasionally sensual adaptation is the best imaginable outcome.

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