The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie fandom is still reeling from the fact that Charlie Hunnam has removed himself from the film. Although many “Fifty Shades of Grey” readers and future movie fans seem disappointed by the confirmed news, it does leave another major question up in the air: is Dakota Johnson’s casting role as Ana Steele now at risk? According to Celeb Laundry this Saturday, Oct. 12, Dakota Johnson remains something distant from a fan favorite among some fans as EL James’ female lead, Anastasia Steele, and that her part may not be set in stone.
According to the official statement from Universal Studios and Focus Features, Charlie Hunnam is out of the Christian Grey role in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie as part of his own accord due to his scheduling issues. The “Sons of Anarchy” actor is said to have been too busy with his TV work to continue with the film, though some sources from the Hollywood Reporter have alleged that the FX star simply got “cold feet” or succumbed to initial fan disinterest at his casting.
While this has been some major news, what has received notably less limelight this week is how this “Fifty Shades of Grey” change will affect Anastasia Steele’s portrayal, particularly that of actress Dakota Johnson. As many inner goddesses may remember, Dakota Johnson was chosen for the lead role for a variety of reasons, but her fresh face, acting talent, and “on-screen chemistry” with Charlie Hunnam were described as primary factors in her selection.
While it certainly seems an impossible notion that Dakota Johnson’s coveted casting role as the shy, lovely Anastasia Steele would be something the actress would ever give up (or be let go from at this point), Charlie Hunnam’s lead part as Christian Grey seemed to be something iron-clad, so as the report notes, it is still a possibility.
Although Christian Grey is no doubt seen by many fans and perhaps the film studio itself as the major crux of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, Anastasia Steele nonetheless plays an incredibly important role in the original novels. In many ways, she acts as a medium through which readers put themselves into the very books and interacts with Christian himself.
Are you happy with Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele (who is certainly proudly supported by her mother and EL James herself), or do you feel another actress might better suit the part? As casting for a new Christian Grey begins, do you believe that Johnson’s role as Ana Steele might be at risk? Please drop in your thoughts in the comments area below.