Well, it's not 'Twilight,' but '50 Shades of Grey' was certainly inspired by it. Universal's upcoming BDSM romance, adapted from author E.L. James' bestselling and extremely explicit novel, will arrive in 2015, and the first look at its two stars has arrived.
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Mark Bomback, who has given us such screenplays as the action-heavy 'Live Free or Die Hard,' 'The Wolverine' and the upcoming 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' has taken a unexpected turn. The writer is now set to tackle the script for '50 Shades of Grey.'
Dealing with Charlie Hunnam's recent departure, the makers of '50 Shades of Grey' had to make quick work of finding a new actor to play Christian Grey. The replacement has been found. It's Jamie Dornan.
Bad news, '50 Shades of Grey' fans: Charlie Hunnam has cracked the whip and dropped out of playing Christian Grey in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the beloved softcore novel. We're not sure how you'll break this news to your mothers, but our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Well this is interesting -- and not in a great way. 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Contagion' star Jennifer Ehle has been cast in the upcoming adaptation of mommy porn favorite '50 Shades of Grey.' No, she won't be grabbing a whip. The actress will be playing the role of Anastasia Steele's mother, who should be very concerned about what her daughter is doing.
At long last, our national nightmare is over: Universal and Focus Features have found their leads for the upcoming adaptation of '50 Shades of Grey.' Dakota Johnson of 'The Social Network' has been cast as Anastasia Steele, the college student who enters into a dominant/submissive relationship with enigmatic businessman Christian Grey because fairy tales do come true, or something. Charlie Hunnam of 'Pacific Rim' and 'Sons of Anarchy' will play Christian.
A while ago, we had a hard time believing that a '50 Shades of Grey' movie could actually get made. Then the film adaptation of the extremely popular, semi-pornographic book series got a director, and now it has a release date.
It's finally happening. After months of, "Nah, they won't actually make a '50 Shades of Grey' movie ... will they?," a director has officially boarded the adaptation of EL James' hugely popular novel. We're still not sure if we should send 'Nowhere Boy' director Sam Taylor-Johnson (yes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's wife) our congratulations or our regrets. After all, the jury is still out as to how Universal and Focus Features will actually make a functioning movie out of this thing.
Though there are still many decisions yet to be made, Universal and Focus features are adapting '50 Shades of Grey' for the big screen, and the latest news is that 'Anna Karenina' director Joe Wright is currently Universal's top choice for the job.
Turns out Gus Van Sant really wants to direct '50 Shades of Grey' -- so bad, in fact, that he recruited Alex Pettyfer ('Magic Mike') to shoot a sex scene with a number of actress to present to the studio and author E.L. James. Did it work?