The constant subject of water cooler conversations lately has been the cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of EL James’s novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. With most of the cast final and the shoot of the movie in the pipeline, a surprise addition to the cast of the movie has been Max Martini. The 43-year old actor has been chosen for the role of Christian Grey’s body guard in the movie adaptation. He joins the cast as the character Jason Taylor who is the protagonist’s head bodyguard. The news comes as an irony now considering the fact that ex Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam and newly cast Jason Taylor have already shared screen space in the movie ‘Pacific Rim’.
The tumultuous casting of the movie adaptation of the novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by Erica James has been in the news for quite some time and now with the inclusion of Max Martini to the stellar cast, things are looking up for this venture, that is, if he accepts the role and plays it finally on screen. If he accepts the role, he would join the cast comprising actors Jamie Dornan, who plays Christian Grey, the eccentric billionaire, Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele, the naive college student, Eloise Mumford, who plays Kate Cavanaugh, Ana’s best friend in college, Victor Rasuk, who plays José, Ana’s friend who has feelings for her, Jennifer Ehle, who plays Carla, Anastasia’s mother, Marcia Gay Harden Cast as Christian Grey’s Mother, Rita Ora cast as Jamie Dornan’s sister.
This Sam Taylor-Johnson venture is expected to see a Valentine’s Day release in 2015, a push from its usual schedule which had left the fans upset and they have been waiting ever since for the release of this adaptation. There have been reasons plentiful that have made fans anxious about the future of this movie adaptation. And the casting woes have just been one of them. It started with the sudden exit of Charlie Hunnam who had been short listed to play the titular character, Christian Grey. Due to his commitments to his television assignment ‘Sons of Anarchy’, he dropped out and the role was again tossed from this actor to that, till it was lapped up by Jamie Dornan.
Apart from the casting troubles, the schedule has also been haywire and the shooting date kept getting postponed till the film has finally been announced to release around Valentine’s Day 2015.
The novel has been the subject of as much controversy and speculation and though many critics see it as mere titillation, the readers have been overtly kind to EL James’s effort. Among all these celebrity names that have associated with this project, there is again a surprise name which has been added to this list of wannabes who have wanted to be associated with this movie. Mark Wahlberg, yes you heard it right, has apparently said that he wanted to produce the venture, but had no aspirations to be a part of this cast.If all goes well, we might be lucky enough to catch the movie, as planned, around Valentine’s Day 2015. Make sure you are not ‘tied up’ with anything in February 2015, so that you catch the movie as soon as you can.
The pivotal character of the novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James, Anastasia Steele is not just another naive college student waiting to graduate and start her career. She is the one who starts a physical relationship with Christian Grey, a sadistic and eccentric businessman. If she is to be believed then in her opinion the steamy love story which is based on BDSM and non-disclosure agreements, is an incredible love story for her.
She thinks that the author, Erica James, has written it in a way that has appealed to most people and hence it has made her the highest earning author of the year. Some literature aficionados believe that the story does nothing to appeal to literature loving readers and has done remarkable business on the basis of titillation alone. But Dakota feels that the love story has all the ingredients that have made it a success and the laurels are not from the depiction of the sexual act alone. Though that is touted as the USP of both, the novel and the film but some quarters have said that the novel has been written in bad taste.
While the author and the other readers cannot control the opinion of this category of readers, the fame that this novel has seen is unprecedented for many novels and especially in this genre. The popularity has not only catapulted the author to instant fame but has also spun a movie adaptation in which Dakota has landed the coveted role of the demure college student who would fall in love with the dark and brooding business magnate Grey, realising later that the business treats this relationship only as a business arrangement and that too a highly secretive one.
The demure college student will be played by the 24 year old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, Dakota Johnson.Like in all love stories, the sexual aspect plays an important role and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is also no different. Dakota feels that this aspect has not been used to spice up things but to give an angle of love, angst and pangs that are associated with any relationship. While her character looks at this relationship with so much hope of a future that she could probably share with Grey, the latter does not feel any warmth, longing, angst or love for Ana. To prepare herself for the role, Dakota had prepared herself by reading the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy and was aiming for the top spot, which she finally won.
This role was important to Dakota not only because of the content but also because of the fame that she would be catapulted to. She had prepared herself for the role and right from her audition, where she read out a monologue from the Ingmar Bergman Film ‘Persona’. The role was to go to her as she fits the bill perfectly. The character of the 21 year old college student who enters into an adventurous settlement with the billionaire was bagged by her and she was elated to find out that all her efforts have paid off.
We certainly hope that all this excitement and elation stays on till February 2015 when the film will finally see the light of day.
Casting Christian Grey is a near impossible task, since the man is, well, perfect. We need an actor who has supermodel good looks, good at portraying a dark and tormented character, who also manages to pull of pure sexy rolled into one. That’s a hell of a lot of pressure to put on any actor, and after the casting of Charlie Hunnam last month, it’s easy to see it’s impossible to please everyone.
For whatever reason, Charlie pulled out as Christian Grey, and in the end his replacement, Jamie Dornan has some big shoes to fill in his portrayal of Christian Grey.
The Irish actor mostly known for his TV roles, like his part as tormented Sherriff Graham in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and as a serial killer in BBC’s The Fall, seems to be at home with roles of tormented characters. However, the actor is also nice to look at – which is pretty important when you’re playing a man consistently described as being beautiful like Christian Grey.
31-year-old Dornan began life as a model, posing in front of the camera for big names like Calvin Klein, Dior and Armani, some of which has left very little to the imagination, and we can see he’s got what it takes to physically portray dominant and Christian Grey.
But Dornan is more than just a pretty face, since his TV career has shown that he has the talent after his TV work, and slowly emerging filmography, including a part in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Measuring at 6-ft tall, and once having been dubbed as “the Golden Torso” by the New York Times, Jamie has ticked most of the required boxes for the part of Christian Grey.
With a scheduled release of the movie penciled in for 1 August 2014, with all the casting issues it’s time to get the ball rolling, and it looks like Dornan will be thrown into his role pretty soon – since the director of the much anticipated movie, Sam Taylor-Johnson has said the movie will begin shooting in mid-November.
Other members of the cast who have been confirmed include Dakota Johnson, who will play opposite Dornan as his virginal love interest Anastasia Steele, Victor Rasuk as José and Luke Grimes as Christian Grey’s adopted brother Elliot Grey. Other much anticipated roles to be cast include Christian Grey’s older lover, dubbed “Mrs. Robinson” and Anastasia Steele’s bubbly roommate, Kate Kavanagh.
After Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey production, which he blamed on a busy schedule, many questioned whether the movie would go ahead or not. Hunnam was a controversial choice to start with, where many fans were outraged at the idea of a “blonde Christian Grey”, and others saying he was not attractive enough. There are many speculations into the reasons behind Charlie Hunnam’s departure.
“Charlie is a very private guy,” said Katey Sagal, Hunnam’s co-star in “Sons of Anarchy”, “and even though we work on a TV show together, we don’t work every day together. So, I haven’t spoken with him that much about it. My feeling is schedule definitely has a part to play in it, and I’m sure he had very good reasons for why he is not in that movie. I know he was doing another film right after that one. It was very backed up, so I would believe him.”
The official stance is that Hunnam left due a busy schedule, but other rumors are circulating saying he could not handle the pressure or that he wanted more creative control in the part.
The movie has been delayed and projected release date for Valentines 2014, Universal Studios and Focus Features needed to act fast to get the movie on track again. Irish actor Jamie Dornan has stepped into Charlie Hunnam’s shoes as Christian Grey and the movie is scheduled for filming in a few weeks time.
While the casting is still incomplete, the core group has already been finalized. Dakota Johnson will star opposite Dornan as the innocent and virginal Anastasia Steele, Victor Rasuk as José and Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother Elliot. There are still some key characters to cast, like Elena, Christian Grey’s ex-lover, rumored to be played by Katie Holmes, and Kate Kavanagh, Anastasia’s flat mate.
Things are picking up quickly and if everything continues smoothly, the movie will be back on track for the August release date, although whether the release date will be met is still in question.
Fifty Shades of Grey the movie is based on E.L. James’s best selling erotica trilogy with a huge fan base the world over. There is a huge deal of pressure on the cast and crew to bring the book to life on screen, and with time pressing them the project is an ambitious one. Here’s hoping to some smooth sailing from here on out.
Photoshoot Shin Min Ah & Jamie Dornan Calvin Klein 2009
Luke Grime, the American actor has been announced as the actor who is to play Christian’s brother in the upcoming movie of Fifty Shades of Grey.
His biggest movie moment thus far is that of the boyfriend of Liam Neeson’s daughter in the movie Taken 2. He has also appeared in the ABC drama, Brothers and Sisters which aired between 2006 and 2011. Starring in his role as Ryan Lafferty, Luke was alongside stars such as Oscar winning actress, Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, AKA Ali McBeal. Rat Pack star from the eighties, Rob Lowe also starred in the hit TV show which ran for five years.
The 29-year old actor has been on screens since 2006 and is originally from Dayton in Ohio. His father is a Pentecostal Pastor and it’s anyone’s guess as to what Dad thinks of his son’s role in the sexually-driven movie. The supporting role of Christian’s brother, Eliot is not one which should be underestimated. A shadow in the wake of his brother Christian, Eliot is warm, loving and begins to date Ana’s best friend Kate, the student newspaper journalist who should have interviewed Christian, but had a dose of the flu. Luke will also be recognized from his role in the HBO serial True Blood which is based on the Southern Vampire series penned by the author Charlaine Harris. The seventh and final season will be aired in the summer of 2014.
We bring you news fans, that it has been announced that Jamie Dornan is to play the role of Christian Grey in the movie, Fifty Shade of Grey. Anastasia now has the man who commits the biggest act of larceny against her. He steals her heart and he opens Anastasia as she never thought possible. She falls for Christian and while she was without her male lead, she now has one.
Jamie Dornan is a Northern Irish actor who smashed on to British screens in the summer of 2013 as a serial killer in the BBC2 thriller, The Fall. Jamie played Paul, a serial killer who murdered women and then oddly dressed them up and painted their toe nails and left them dressed or fully exposed in their homes as the police found them. Gillian Anderson (The X Files) starred as the detective who was on his tail. The show was a huge hit here in the UK and the ending just left you wondering what happened next. Jamie played a brilliant part as the troubled young man who was a loving father and husband but carried deep demons from his childhood.
Jamie is also the former partner of acclaimed actress, Keira Knightly and the pair had a relationship for a few years. He was regularly seen in gossip columns on the arm of Keira. He’s also a former Calvin Klein underwear model and has modeled with Kate Moss. Not only this, Jamie is also a talented musician and was formerly with a band called Sons of Jim with some acclaimed hits in 2005 and 2006.
Jamie is now married to English singer and songwriter, Amelia Warner and they live in leafy Surrey and are reportedly expecting their first child.
This comes as somewhat of a relief for the powers that be in the on-going Fifty saga and after the shock withdrawal of Charlie Hunnam two weeks ago as the male lead, this news is welcomed with open arms. Filming is due to begin on the movie on November 1st and with this date only being just over a week away, embracing this news is one of the best snippets scooped today. We were getting quite concerned about Anastasia not having her Christian and this means we can breathe a sigh of relief as the movie has some hope now of reaching the expected release date of August 1st in the US.
We’d like to know what you think about this latest casting so please share with us your thoughts on this latest developments and further developments which we will share with you as they arise.
Time to wish Jamie Dornan the very best of luck in his new role and relish in the joy we have a new Christian Grey. Get those cable ties at the ready, seemingly we are off again
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EL James is better known as the creator of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. Having started her career with television as an executive, Erika Mitchell, forayed into fan fiction under the pseudonym “Snowqueens Icedragon”. Today however, her most notable work, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the reason why she is in the news for all the right reasons and well, some controversies too. The novel which derives heavily from BDSM and other erotic forms of sexual gratification is based on the strictly sexual relationship between the lead characters of Anastasia Steele and “Christian Grey”. It is because of this paperback novel that Erika Mitchell has garnered the crown of being the highest earning author of this year.
Since the release of her novel, it has also sparked some controversy about the graphic details of the sexual encounters between the two lead characters. Some libraries have also alleged removed copies of the book because of the mature content, but that has not dampened its chances of becoming a best seller with over 70 million copies already sold. It is already the fastest selling paperback and has ousted its competitor, the Harry Potter novels, written by another Briton, J.K. Rowling. “Fifty shades of Grey” is already in the pipeline to becoming a major motion picture. EL James is also creatively taking an interest in choosing the star cast of the Fifty Shades Movie as well.
“Fifty shades of Grey” is followed by “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades freed”. The trilogy contrary to critical reception is quite popular among its fans. Mitchell has won top honours and recognition in the year 2012, like “the 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine and the “Publishing Person of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. Her work in “Fifty Shades” has also won her acclaim in the form of “Popular Fiction of the Year” from National Book Award and “Book of the Year” also from National Book Award, both from the UK. Mitchell has claimed that such adulation for her work has taken her by surprise and awe.
The relationship between a coy college student and a business magnate moves quickly from a chat over coffee to bondage and submission and finally Anastasia Steele leaves Christian Grey understanding that the relationship based on BDSM toys and non-disclosure agreements cannot work out. Trust EL James to take a sordid tale of BDSM and turn it into a romance.
Jamie Dornan has been announced as the replacement actor for the role of Christian Grey
We are delighted to announce that the replacement for Charlie Hunnam in the role of Christian Grey , is the Northern Irish actor and Calvin Klein model, Jamie Dornam. The salacious and juicy role of Christian has risen like the Phoenix from the ashes. Christian Grey in all his glory has been revived. It’s time to raise a smile and feel relief that Christian has a new face, a new body and a gloriously new man to fill those very expensive shoes.
Grab your panties girls; Jamie Dornan is no stranger to stripping off. He modeled Calvin Klein underwear; you know those little pictures that show men in their undies with glistening skin and a torso you simply want to grab? That’s our new Christian Grey and he will be getting those butt plugs and cable ties out on Dakota Johnson (remember her, the third generation actress who’s playing Ana?) He was cast after a screen-testing with Dakota apparently, last Friday.
Jamie will be known to many as the former lover of Keira Knightly and regularly featured in gossip columns and magazines in the United Kingdom. He is now married to singer and songwriter, Amelia Warner who is English and they live in leafy Surrey. (Just so you all know where to leave your lingerie but be warned, he has a wife and she is expecting their first child) You can follow Jamie Dorman on Facebook by clicking on the following link for his Fan page Jamie Dorman Facebook Fan page
Jamie is also a talented musician and was prominent in the musical world with his folk band, Sons of Jim and released singles in 2005 & 2006. He’s also starred in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and his most recent TV series, The Fall was aired in the UK in the summer of 2013 where Jamie starred as Paul, a serial killer with Gillian Anderson as the female lead who was cast as the cop tracking him down.
Filming is due to begin on the Fifty project and after the shock withdrawal of Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, things were looking decidedly shaky in terms of scheduled filming. As we have previously reported, filming is due to begin on November 1st and with that date only just over a week away, no male lead poses a bit of a problem. Casting had to be underway and Jamie Dornan on the face of it, from his previous roles, a great choice for Christian.
You can relax now girls, we now have our Christian and we can begin to look forward to the coming weeks and the response of the fans. Jamie might not be an A-Lister sleb actor in Hollywood, but our link in the UK tells us, he’s well-known more so after his appearance in the BBC2 summer hit, The Fall.
After the disappointing news of Charlie’s withdrawal, hope is now restored in the movie moving forward and meeting the release date. We will keep you updated on further events as fans of Fifty absorb the news.
Director and actor Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood is in the running for the role as Christian Grey
Scott eastwood is said to be shortlisted for the male lead role as Christian Grey.
Scott fuelled the rumors on twitter by saying “sparked the casting report on Twitter, writing, “What is all this talk about Fifty Shades of Grey?? What do you all think?? Let me know.”
A source close to Scott said he was one of five actors who are being considered for this role.
The other actors being considered are Billy Magnussen,Francois Arnaud,Jamie Dornan, Luke Bracey,Christian Cooke and Theo James.
Scott is currently filming ‘Fury’.