‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Casting: Fun Facts About Charlie Hunnam, Dakota Johnson

By now, you’ve probably heard the thrilling news that the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has officially tapped a talented-but-unfamiliar twosome to play the film’s pair of leading hotties: Dakota Johnson in the role of naive, virginal college grad Anastasia Steele, and Charlie Hunnam as narcissistic riding-crop-wielder Christian Grey. Which is very exciting! That is, unless you’re one of the millions of fans who caught wind of the casting news only to stand up, all aflutter, and shout “But who are these people?!”

Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

Dakota Johnson is an actress and former model (you might’ve spotted her in a Mango campaign), and her natural, beachy blond look has made her an easy choice for lighthearted roles—but for her part in “Fifty Shades,” we can probably expect a dye job.

And despite her lack of name recognition, Dakota’s face (or, um, butt) should be familiar; in “The Social Network,” she was the leggy, boyshort-clad gal who enjoyed a hookup scene with one Justin Timberlake…

…and in “21 Jump Street,” she could be seen contemplating the cleanliness of Channing Tatum’s man parts.

In other words: Despite her short resume, she’s no stranger to sharing the screen with some seriously nice-looking men.

Not to mention, she’s got drama in her blood! Dakota is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and granddaughter of original Hitchcock Blonde Tippi Hedren, whose performance in “The Birds” made her a mega-star…and who was no stranger herself to holding her own against domineering dudes on-screen.

And as for our Christian Grey: Charlie Hunnam has spent so much time playing a rough-and-tumble bearded biker in “Sons of Anarchy,” it’s hard to believe that he’s hiding a posh English accent under that bad-boy scruff (and occasional bruising.)

Plus, he’s got more in common with the reclusive, secretive Christian Grey than you might think at first glance: For instance, he and his longtime girlfriend recently left Los Angeles proper and took up residence on a farm in the California countryside. (He’s even got chickens!) Charlie explained that the move was prompted by fatigue with the Hollywood scene, but the decreased threat of burglaries probably doesn’t hurt, either.

And if you’re wondering why he, of all people, was tapped to play the sadistic megahottie in this highly anticipated adaptation of an erotic novel…well, there’s this:

Plus, he’s good at threats.

And while we’re at it, there’s this, too.


“Fifty Shades of Grey” is slated for an August 1, 2014 release.

What do you think of the casting news from “Fifty Shades”?