Fans of the massively popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” book series have made a petition to change the casting of the film adaptation, Hollywood Reporter published on Sep. 3. Charlie Hunnam, from “Pacific Rim” and FX's “Sons of Anarchy”, and Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, were announced to be cast in the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey on Monday.
By Tuesday night, the petition on Change.org had 14,848 signatures. “Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele,” stated the petition.
The producer of the film, Dana Brunetti, has received much of the criticism and he tweeted his response to fans. “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.”
He tweeted a response two minutes later, after a series of angry tweets from fans. “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.”
Internet backlashes are nothing new. From petitions to Twitter wars, fans find creative ways to voice outrage. Just a few weeks ago, Ben Affleck received much of the same treatment, with fans creating a similar petition on Change.org.
The author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, E.L. James, tweeted her response in the controversy. “To all the supporters, lovers and haters - thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you.”