Fifty Shades of casting – Is anyone else feeling "Fifty Shades" of confusion? First, there was the never-ending hunt for the perfect Christian Grey. Then, when the project found him in Charlie Hunnam, the actor dropped out. And now, this Jamie Dornan has been thrown into the mix. If you're feeling lost, consider this your "Fifty Shades 101."
Fifty Shades of casting – "Fifty Shades" is actually comprised of three books: "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed." Universal acquired the rights to the entire trilogy in March 2012.
Fifty Shades of casting – In order to pull off this steamy story of a naïve college student, Anastasia Steele, who gets involved with an older, wealthy man with "singular erotic tastes," the "Fifty Shades" movie needed to not only find good actors, but also actors who could satisfy fans' desires and be OK with BDSM-themed sex scenes.
Fifty Shades of casting – Did we forget to mention that? Yes, part of the titillation surrounding James' work is the bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism to be found in its pages. Kelly Marcel, who's worked on the canceled series "Terra Nova" and also penned the script for "Saving Mr. Banks," is in charge of the screenplay for "Fifty Shades."
Fifty Shades of casting – But even after Marcel was tapped to write the adaptation in October 2012, there was no casting announcement in sight. And there wouldn't be for a long, long while. In fact, the movie's release date -- August 1, 2014 -- and its director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, were both announced well ahead of any word on lead players.
Fifty Shades of casting – Garrett Hedlund was another reported strong contender, but he, too, is said to have passed on the project.
Fifty Shades of casting – "White Collar" actor Matt Bomer was also a top choice for the "Fifty Shades" fans.
Fifty Shades of casting – When it came to the dream actresses to portray Anastasia Steele, the "Fifty Shades" fandom mentioned stars like Alexis Bledel, pictured, Felicity Jones and Elizabeth Olsen.