Pacific Rim actor Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey in the erotic saga and Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct
Melanie Griffith has spoken out after her daughter Dakota Johnson won the coveted female lead in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
After it was confirmed that Dakota would play naive college student Anastasia Steele, veteran actress Melanie tweeted: “My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades. Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama.”
The news had been broken on Twitter by the novel’s author EL James, who wrote: “I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
A few minutes after the announcement, the author also confirmed that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam had been cast as the male lead.
“The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The news ended months of speculation as to who would play the sought-after roles. The erotic novel became a worldwide sensation when it was released in 2011 and went on to sell over 70 million copies. It was followed by two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – both of which are expected to be made into movies.
Dakota, 23, is best known for short but memorial roles in 21 Jump Street and The Social Network (she had a fling with Justin Timberlake’s character).
She hails from a Hollywood dynasty – her mother was nominated for an Oscar for Working Girl, her father Don Johnson rose to fame in Miami Vice, her stepfather is Antonio Banderas and her grandmother is Hitchcock star Tippi Hedren.
Charlie, who will play the enigmatic billionaire, comes from a more modest family. He was brought up in the north of England and had his big break playing a gay schoolboy in the TV drama Queer as Folk.
The 33-year-old moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and won roles in the TV series Sons of Anarchy and the films Cold Mountain, Children of Men and, most recently, Pacific Rim.
Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, hits cinemas worldwide in August 2014.
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