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Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson to star in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Charlie Hunnam will play billionaire Christian Grey opposite ingenue Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, in the movie adaptation of the runaway bestseller 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'

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Charlie Hunnam, seen here in Los Angeles in August 2011, will costar with Dakota Johnson, seen here in New York in May 2012, in 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' the movie adaptation of EL James's novel of the same name, Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced Monday.

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Hollywood has found its Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the hotly anticipated "Fifty Shades of Grey."

They are Dakota Johnson, an unknown actress with big-name parents – actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith – who will play the lead female character Anastasia Steele in Universal Pictures and Focus Features'  film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Charlie Hunnam, the star of "Sons of Anarchy," will play the kinky 27-year old billionaire Christian Grey who introduces Anastasia into a world of sexual bondage.

 

TheWrap first broke the news that Johnson was the favorite for the widely coveted but very adult role. Writer EL James confirmed the news by tweeting it on Sunday, and within a few minutes tweeted that Hunnam had been cast as the male lead.

Not only is Johnson the 23-year old daughter of Johnson and Griffith, she is the step-daughter of Antonio Banderas and the granddaughter of "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren. She has had supporting roles in films like "The Five-Year Engagement" and "21 Jump Street," but this is far and away her biggest part.

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