Finally — there's nothing ambiguous about the casting rumors circulating concerning the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. A statement was released from author E.L. James and Universal Studios confirming the reports, Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as the two leading roles in the film.
E.L. first announced the news of who will play Anastasia Steele on her Twitter this morning, tweeting, "I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'"
Dakota has previously starred in the comedy series "Ben & Kate" and the movie The Social Network.
Just minutes later, Universal Pictures put an end to the numerous Christian Grey casting rumors and announced that Charlie, best-known for his role as Jax Teller on "Sons of Anarchy," will be portraying the franchise's most prominent character. It was a role notorious for generating casting rumors for the better part of the year including Alex Pettyfer, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Chris Pine, and Stephen Amell.
"Charlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Universal's statement began, also confirming the earlier reports of Dakota's casting.
The film is set for an August 1, 2014 release date.