Hollywood movie making is a painstakingly slow process, at least to the fans waiting for a film's release. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is no exception and those following the novel's adaptation to the big screen have been eagerly awaiting news on which actors will be portraying their favorite characters. Yet it appears fans will have to wait a little longer as The Wrap noted on August 20, "Expect an official casting announcement after Labor Day." A source close to the film also admitted that Christian Grey will not be cast until an actress is found for the role of Ana Steele.
Universal Pictures has confirmed that the film will be released on August 1, 2014 giving little time for the potential actors to prepare for filming. Given the typical production time of a film, The Wrap concluded that "Universal needs to get the cameras rolling before Halloween to make their date."
The question of who will play Christian Grey is everywhere but Team Fifty wants to cast the role of Anastasia Steele first and then test potential actors. Chemistry will ultimately determine the success of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and finding a dynamic couple to portray Christian and Ana is a challenge that Universal Pictures is not taking lightly or rushing through.
The most recent actress being mentioned for the part of Ana Steele is Dakota Johnson. The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, the 23 year-old actress has seen recent success in her career. Her most notable role was a small but memorable part alongside Justin Timberlake in "The Social Network" and she has since been cast in 13 other projects including "Beastly" and "21 Jump Street."
Charlie Hunnam has been rumored to be a studio favorite to play Christian Grey in the film but Variety has downplayed the report saying, "he is on a list of possible contenders, the casting process is still ongoing and it may still be a while before a decision is made." The "Sons of Anarchy" star was recently seen on the big screen in "Pacific Rim" but has yet to get a true breakout role.
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