After much ado (about nothing), the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey is finally cast. The dark and sexy role of Christian Grey was given to Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim. On the other hand, Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson) is cast as Anastasia Steele. Prior to the official selection, there have been much speculation (and petitions) on the best actors to get the role. And based on sentiments after the announcement, Charlie and Dakota are not getting nods from Fifty Shades fans.
Fan faves to play Christian Grey were Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. But much like Ryan Gosling, both turned the role down when it was offered. Truth is, Ian and Matt both look the part of Christian Grey with their dark , smoldering looks. Charlie looks a bit pale and heavy to play Grey. I imagine Christian Grey to be leaner with brooding eyes. On the other hand, Dakota Johnson appears too old and too tall to play Ana Steele. I imagined Ana to be younger, naive, innocent, and petite. Innocent is the last thing I can think of when I look at Dakota.
I’m betting the producers of the movie are hoping it will be another cult phenomenon akin to the Twilight series. Unfortunately, we are dealing with a different audience here — and Pattinson with Stewart did look the part of Edward and Bella.
I’m beginning to wonder though how long the movie will take. Based on what I read, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of complex scenes other than the sex scenes. I did read only the first few chapters and continued on just scanning the rest of the book. Honestly, it was a disappointing read for me. The only reason I trudged on was to make sure I am aware of what everyone in pop culture is talking and making fun of. Watching tv jokes and stuff will not be funny if you haven’t read E.L. James’ bestselling novel. It’s no fun not having a clue on what the pun is about. But I do hope the books’ popularity doesn’t start a slew of erotica novels everywhere, especially ones that are badly written with barely any climax (a different type of climax is available several times within the story though) or conflict worth reading. Of all the hypes I jumped into, Fifty Shades of Grey was probably the most disappointing.
You’re probably wondering why I gave it space in my blog if it’s so bad? Well, it’s always interesting to write about the best and the worst. When I read it several months ago, it was mediocre enough to to warrant my attention. Now that the movie roles have been cast, it has become more interesting. Then again, you can ignore my rant about Dakota’s age not matching the book’s character. If Jennifer Lawrence is playing the role of a 16-year old in The Hunger Games, why can’t Dakota do the same? Well, let’s just see how E.L. James’ novel is adapted into the big screen. Though, I doubt I’d write anything again about Fifty Shades of Grey or its sequels, I’m still curious about how it turns out anyway.