Avid "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans are taking to social media like Twitter today, to air their anger over the casting choices for the lead characters to portray Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of the erotic novel. Author E.L. James tweeted the news yesterday that relatively unknowns Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam would take on the iconic film roles. But as fans of the book have been speculating for months over who would be cast, mostly with more established big name A-list stars, the news fell flat for some, according to the Daily News on Sept. 3.
Dakota Johnson's best known for starring in the short-lived sitcom "Ben and Kate", and a supporting film role in "Social Network". The model and actress may not have instant name recognition, but acting is in her blood.
Johnson, 23, happens to be the daughter of "Working Girl" actress Melanie Griffith and "Miami Vice" actor Don Johnson. She's also the granddaughter of Hitchcock's "The Birds" star Tippi Hendren.
The fans may have a harder time with the casting of the movie's male lead, as the female-fan-heavy novel's protagonist prompted many of them to fantasize about who among Hollywood's hottest men would play Christian.
Casting scruffy actor Charlie Hunnam, 33, was probably not on many of their wish-lists. Hunnam has starred in six seasons of FX's gritty "Sons of Anarchy", but his character there is a far cry from what most female fans probably pictured their Christian to be.
Producers spoke out though, defending their choices for the pivotal roles. Dana Brunetti tweeted that there's much more that goes into casting besides just looks.
Brunetti listed talent, availability, chemistry, as well as if the actor even wants the part as all being considerations when casting the characters.
He responded to the social media backlash telling fans if their favorite choice wasn't cast, then it's most likely due to one of those factors. "Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective", he tweeted.
Co-producer Michael De Luca also joined in on the fray assuring fans that Johnson and Hunnam are the right choice for the plum roles. "Auditions were stunning, incredible chemistry!", he tweeted.
Part of the problem likely lies with the preconceived notions readers get when they read a novel before it's adapted into a film. With the Christian character, fans have to remember Hunnam isn't Jax Teller from "Sons of Anarchy".
Meanwhile, Melanie Griffith expressed her extreme pleasure with her daughter being chosen for the coveted part. "Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama", she tweeted.
Johnson and Hunnam may be taking a risk taking on the iconic parts as well. The steamy subject matter of BDSM could negatively impact their careers.
But, they're probably banking on the more likely chance that it'll launch them into Hollywood's stratosphere.