'Fifty Shades of Grey' casting: Fans react with disappointment (+video)(Read article summary)
After 'Fifty Shades of Grey' author E.L. James announced the casting of the leads for the 'Grey' film, some fans started a petition asking that the roles be recast.
The leads for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film have been announced, but not everyone’s happy about them.
“Sons of Anarchy” actor Charlie Hunnam will portray the wealthy Christian Grey in the movie and actress Dakota Johnson, who starred on the Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate,” will play protagonist Anastasia Steele. The news was first announced on “Grey” author E.L. James’ Twitter page.
But some fans wanted others, such as “White Collar” actor Matt Bomer or “Gilmore Girls” actress Alexis Bledel, to take on the parts, and a petition has been launched on Change.org asking that the two take on the roles. More than 19,000 people have signed it so far. The document was created by a user named dontouchmypatch.
“Matt Bomer is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN GREY AND ALEXIS BLEDEL IS THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO REPRESENT ANASTASIA STEELE,” the user wrote on the petition. “And if THEY ARE NOT, NOBODY WILL BE.”
In addition, some Twitter users tweeted about the casting with the hashtags “NoBomerNoBledelNoMovie” and “NoMattNoAlexisNoMovie.”
Meanwhile, author Bret Easton Ellis added to the fuss by tweeting that he’d heard from James that “Twilight” actor Robert Pattinson was her top choice for the role of Christian. (“Grey” reportedly started life as a fan fiction piece about Stephenie Meyer’s characters.)