After months of speculation, we now know who will be playing the lead roles in the film adaptation of E.L. James' book trilogy, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. The author of the trilogy, announced the casting news, herself, on Twitter on September 2nd and The Associated Press reported that Focus Features and Universal Pictures, the distributors of the film, also confirmed the casting in a statement on Monday.
Dakota Johnson, 23-year old daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, will play Ana, the naive, inexperienced college student who meets up with the gorgeous and wealthy - but mysterious - Christian Grey.
"I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'" James tweeted at 8 a.m. PT on Monday.
Johnson's previous roles included a stint in Fox's short-lived family-focused comedy 'Ben & Kate', along with appearances in The Five-Year Engagement, 21 Jump Street and The Office. It remains to be seen whether Johnson is more well-suited to comedy than drama.
A short time later, at 8:55 a.m. PT, James tweeted: "So... Christian...," She later revealed the casting news everyone's been waiting for by writing, "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'"
Hunnam, 33, is well known for playing the role of Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy for FX, which is returning for it's sixth season on September 10th. Hunnam also recently starred as Raleigh Becket in the sci-fi thriller Pacific Rim. His other film credits include Children of Men, Cold Mountain and Nicholas Nickleby.
Just in case you're not aware (though, how could you not be aware??) the New York Times best-seller centers on young college graduate, Anastasia Steele, who has a chance meeting with dreamy, slightly older business man, Christian Grey. The virginal and inexperienced Ana soon discovers that Christian has a taste for rough sex as he initiates Ana into the world of S&M. As she falls in love with him, Ana realizes that Christian has a dark and possibly sinister past, which he struggles to overcome.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.