After months of "Fifty Shades of Grey" rumors, speculation and fan casting, "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam has signed on to play Christian Grey. According to Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 2, he joins Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia, in the cast.
The casting seems like a bit of a surprise, with many of Hollywood and TV's teen idol actors in the mix. The biggest name for many fans to play Christian Grey was "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder. Matt Bomer, Henry Cavill and Joe Manganiello were also up for the role.
For those who don't know much about Charlie Hunnam, "Sons of Anarchy" is his third major television show and the one he now remains most famous for. Before "Sons of Anarchy," Hunnam also appeared in "Queer as Folk" and "Undeclared."
He also played the lead in the 2002 film "Nicholas Nickleby" and starred in the 2013 blockbuster action film "Pacific Rim."
He will star in "Fifty Shades of Grey" opposite Dakota Johnson, the celebrity daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Johnson starred in the television series "Ben and Kate" and also appeared in movies like "Beastly," "The Social Network" and "21 Jump Street."
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is set for an Aug. 1, 2014 release and will be directed by "Nowhere Boy" director Sam Taylor-Johnson. “Sons of Anarchy” season six premieres on Sept. 10 on FX.