Move over, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. It’s time to make room for the next “It” girl -- Dakota Johnson! It’s been almost a week since “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James announced the casting for Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The role of Grey went to “Sons of Anarchy” heartthrob Charlie Hunnam, while the part of Steele went to Dakota Johnson, star of defunct series “Ben and Kate.”
The casting of Hunnam and Johnson received some backlash from fans of the book series, even spawning a petition on Change.org for the pair to be replaced by “White Collar” actor Matt Bomer and former “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel. While some are unhappy, E.L. James is still ecstatic about the casting choice.
The author, who was in New York over the weekend with “Fifty Shades of Grey” producer Dana Brunetti, took the time to meet with her new Anastasia Steele. And she was nice enough to share the outing with her Twitter followers.
“The beautiful, talented, funny as feck, Dakota Johnson. Oh and that bloke @DanaBrunetti,” James posted along with a photo.
Just Jared Jr. Starring Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich and Penn Padgley, the movie is a modern retelling of the William Shakespeare play.Johnson is currently holed up in NYC for her coming movie, “Cymbeline,” as noted by
The 23-year-old actress gave “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans a peak of what’s to come when paparazzi photographed her filming a scene in her underwear in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, on Sept. 4, as reported by Us Weekly. And that’s not the first time she’s revealed a little skin on screen. In 2010 she also showed off her underwear in “The Social Network,” and in 2012 had a sex scene with Jason Segel in “The Five-Year Engagement.”
While Johnson has kept quiet regarding her casting as Anastasia Steele, her future co-star, Hunnam, recently opened up about the “tangible chemistry” between them during auditions. The chemistry is something that fans have been curious about, especially since Hunnam and Johnson don’t exactly fit the physical descriptions of their characters. And, according to producer Dana Brunetti, chemistry was one of the main reasons why some fan-favorite characters didn’t land the coveted roles.
'“There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc. So if your favorite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective,” Brunetti tweeted when backlash flared.
What are your thoughts on Dakota Johnson? Do you think she’ll make a good Anastasia Steele? Let us know in the comments section.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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