Actress Dakota Johnson has landed the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in the highly-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. She will star opposite Charlie Hunnam in the flick.
Folks have spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out who would be chosen for the roles since the movie was first announced. Although fans dreamed of Emma Watson and Ian Somerhalder tackling the parts, producers decided to go with a few unlikely candidates.
Dakota Johnson, an actress who counts Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson as her parents, has appeared in a handful of high-profile Hollywood projects. Although she had roles in 21 Jump Street, The Social Network, and the FOX series Ben and Kate, she’s not really a household name. However, that’s probably all about to change.
Charlie Hunnam, meanwhile, has spent quite a bit of time on FX’s biker drama Sons of Anarchy. He also starred in director Guillermo del Toro’s big-budget summer flick Pacific Rim. Judging from the response on social media, people don’t seem to mind that Hunnam will star in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Fan reaction to Johnson’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was a bit different. Although she definitely has her supporters, a large number of people have protested her casting on Twitter. One of the biggest complaints: The actress just isn’t pretty enough to play Anastasia Steele.
Others appear to oppose the casting simply because they’re not familiar with Dakota Johnson’s work. While the actress hasn’t received Ben Affleck-style backlash, she will definitely have a lot to prove to fans of E.L. James’ popular erotic novel.
You can check out other Twitter reactions to the news below.
@RiaMcVee aye, Dakota Johnson? Who even is that?! Haha, he looks too young, hmm
— Sophie Hoodless (@Sophie_Hoodless) September 3, 2013
Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast for the Fifty Shades movie adaptation. Crying right now. So disappointed. :((((((
— Joanna Carrasco Yap♡ (@JOANNADORABLE) September 3, 2013
I can’t necessarily say I’m happy about the picking of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam for 50 shades
— Desiree Piner (@desireepiner) September 3, 2013
Who the hell are Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson? #FiftyShadesOfGrey
— iloveyouljoe (@era_kwon) September 3, 2013
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele?!?!?! She’s not even “Kristen Stewart pretty”!! Horrible choice. Just horrible. #FiftyShadesOfGrey
— Krista (@MissippiQueen) September 2, 2013
My bet is that Dakota Johnson has just suddenly become the most googled woman, ever.
— Moffy© (@Moffy_MPWL) September 2, 2013
At least she seems to be happy about the news.
I kinda actually imagined that Anastasia Steele would look like Dakota Johnson. yay
— gaby c (@Gabsiclee_) September 3, 2013
Are you disappointed that Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele in the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey? Who did you want to see land the role?