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The Word: Why Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were cast in '50 Shades of Grey'

Producers explain their decision to cast Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam in "50 Shades of Grey."

Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele in the highly-antipated adaption of "50 Shades of Grey." Credit: Getty Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated adaption of "50 Shades of Grey." Credit: Getty

There's always backlash to casting announcements for big fannish franchises, but "50 Shades of Grey" seems to have provoked an unusually strong reaction. How could it not? The steamy series began its life as "Twilight" fanfiction, so many hardcore fans probably would have been disappointed by anyone in the lead except Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Of course those two were never going to sign on in a million years, since it's all they can do not to shudder these days when "Twilight" is mentioned. Instead, we've got "Pacific Rim" star Charlie Hunnam and "Ben and Kate" star Dakota Johnson.

I like both those two a lot, so I am fine with them starring in a movie I will never see. Producers were obviously wary of the backlash though, so they quickly moved to defend their choices.

"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.," producer Dana Brunetti tweeted.

"So if your favourite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."

Oh Dana, Dana, Dana. Perspective? How little ye know of fangirls.

 
 
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