Because Fifty Shades of Grey is such titillating fodder for movies it’s been such a big deal for some time now. Its scandalosity, larger than real life characters and outrageous storyline, and its high profile Holy F*ck! factor is why fans of Fifty Shades of Grey have been impatiently waiting aeons (or what seems like aeons) to hear some empirical casting news.
Now if that isn’t Christian Grey in the flesh I just do not know what to tell you. No doubt this movie is going to be racy, maybe a bit sweaty, definitely boundary pushing, blush-tastic and temperature raising, and just all kinds of WTF hot, hot hot. This book was almost too hot to handle! It’s so bad it’s outrageously good and dangerously close to being on the banned list. It made all those wickedly taboo things Rihanna sings about – whips, bondage, spanking – somehow excitinger. Vanilla sex in the bedrooms of married folk became a boring ideal of the past. It also made mommy-porn OK, reading super sexually explicit romance novels on the bus and/or subway OK, and it made office water-cooler porn talk so cool it was kosher. Yup, Fifty Shades of Grey changed the world as we know it.
The rumors about casting for this movie were wildly rampant on the internet and everywhere else but no clear winners for either the enigmatic Christian Grey or virginal Anastasia Steele had emerged until today. Fifty Shades author E.L. James proudly tweeted the triumphant casting news bright and early this long weekend morning, definitively putting fifty shades of wagging tongues and conjecture to rest.
And it really was all kinds of fifty shades of crazy with names like Henry Cavill, Ryan Gosling, and Alexander Skarsgard being tossed into Christian’s Red Room of Pleasure (or pain, depending on how you look at it). No one had an edge. No indication at all as to whether the rumors were more than just rumors. Although, if you watched the #SOA panel at #SDCC 2013 and saw Charlie Hunnam’s answer to a question posed at him, you might have seen the possible flicker of a Fifty Shades hint slyly and deftly thrown down by the talented actor.
Other than that, not a kernel of truth to any rumor anywhere. All we knew is that the actor who was cast as the larger than life, uber alpha male with the full on animal magnetism, kingly charisma, and the super sexy swagger of Christian Grey had to be able to bring it hard. Bluntly speaking, he had to embody the sex on a stick appeal of the archetypal bad boy with all the money in the world that is Christian Grey. But he also had to have the ability to make us believe in Christian’s vulnerability, his sweetness, his goodness and his desire for redemption through true love. Who could do that?
And the actress cast as Anastasia Steele had to be the very embodiment of the every woman. We had to believe that she could handle her badass bad boy. That Christian would be so into her he would denounce his wicked ways. She had to have that endearing streak to her that wasn’t turned bitter by the flame of defiance Ana possessed. A defiance balanced precariously yet perfectly with an autonomy of spirit, fiery strength of will and the sweet naivete that was Anastasia Steele. We had to believe her appeal. We had to feel it in all its exciting glory. We too had to revel in all of the eager trepidation of an innocent ingenue newly awakened to love and yearning and all the sensual delights and devilments that awaited her in Christian’s Red Room. So who could do that?
The question, “Which two actors could give us all that?” seemed like the unanswerable riddle of the Ultrasphinx punishable by an extended stay in Quantum Uncertainty if the lead roles were cast wrong. The fact that both of these roles are some monstrously colossal shoes to fill is the understatement of the year. No wonder the Fifty Shades casting team searched the world for the right actors with all the right stuff for these two chart topping, fantasy inducing characters of mythical porportions.
Luckily, E.L. James seems satisfied with the casting choices for her two legendary and beloved characters. That will hold a lot of weight with the fans of the 3 novel series and slightly ease the way for these two lucky actors. Though it is yet to be seen if Hunnam and Johnson can really bring it.
So, E.L. James is OK with it, this humble Cinelinx writer is definitely OK with it, but what about you? Are you OK with it? Are casting choices Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (yes, she’s Don Johnson’s daughter) as Anastasia Steele hot enough for you? Sound off in the comments below. We want to hear what you think of the Fifty Shades casting decisions.
Fifty Shades of Grey will leave you hot and bothered when it shocks its naughtily taboo way into theaters August 1, 2014.
Is the Charlie Hunnam(Pacific Rim) as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey casting news hot enough for you? Can I get a hell ya?