When Erica James’s novel Fifty Shades of Grey Movie was released as en e-book, many thought that it is merely a book that will cause titillation and will only be enjoyed by people behind closed doors. But the after the book was published and it made Erica James the highest earning author this year, these thoughts can finally be out to rest. It has been read by most and now that a film is being made on the novel, the people who have not read the novel yet, will be able to watch it on the big screen.
The big screen adaptation of the novel, also called 50 Shades of Grey Movie has got an NC-17 rating which implies that there are going to be love scenes in this venture to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. The pivotal roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are going to be played by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson respectively and given that Jamie is a former Calvin Klein underwear model and Dakota read out a sexually explicit speech from the 1966 movie ‘Persona’ by Ingmar Bergman, makes us wonder that filming love scenes between the two of them should not be difficult.
The pair pays the roles of a college graduate and a self made billionaire who engage in a BDSM inspired relationship of sexual gratification. With a storyline as titillating as this there is bound to be some romp between the covers. But the people, who are used to Sam Taylor-Johnson’s school of film making, know that she will film the scenes aesthetically. Dakota Johnson plays the role of Anastasia Steele, a shy and introvert college graduate who ends up sleeping with the dark and brooding Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. Their red room of pain holds mysteries untold for us and we can only be a part of it once the movie releases in February 2015 at the Valentine’s Day weekend.
Dakota Johnson who plays the virginal beauty has gone on record saying that she is not aghast in the movie; rather she believes that it is a love story underneath, which has been perfected by the author’s use of love making. Jamie Dornan too thinks that his liberal upbringing has prepared him enough for a role like this.
After the photos of the first day of the shoot in Vancouver were revealed, the chemistry that the pair shares became quite evident with their almost first kiss, that actually turned out to be more like a peck on the cheek. Those who have read the novel know that there is a bathtub scene in it, and whether it will be replicated for the big screen or not remains to be seen. The grapevine is also abuzz with the news that both the actors might appear in the nude too. But the rumour is also doing the rounds that there might be two versions of the movie released – the explicit one and the toned down one which might startle the audience less.
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 50 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.
Rumors are abound
A well-known gossip site is claiming that Charlie is to withdraw from the role of Christian Grey. The site is claiming almost four weeks after the announcement of the casting, that Charlie regrets taking the role.
Of course, we think it’s just gossip for something to write as there is no reason at all as to why the actor would be considering such a move apart from some of the fans not taking too kindly to the news. We like to write news and we have written that there have been a few objections to the casting of Charlie and Dakota, but seriously, this is acting and not everyone will accept some castings of some roles.
Let’s break this down into some form of rationality. Charlie Hunnam is not a stupid, unwise actor who has happened to come across the world’s most coveted role. He’s a professional and despite claims that he’s not too well-known, he’s been in the business for almost fifteen years. Universal would never sign an actor who wasn’t sure of himself and couldn’t handle the reaction of the public. Universal Studios is a multi-national organization who know what they are doing and they would not be asking an actor who’s unable to handle some backlash to sign a watertight contract and risk him pulling out three weeks later. What a ridiculous rumor to be spreading around.
We are dealing with professionals here – the casting would have been arranged way before it was announced. Movie Studios do not do these things lightly; they ensure that those who apply to auditions and are subsequently chosen can handle the fame and the nastiness that may come their way because of a few ruffled feathers.
It would appear that some behind a keyboard are simply out of control with what they write and how they fire up the responses from fans and what do we get? More rumors and then the seed is sown.
There is no need to panic; we are fans of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. Rumors aren’t necessary for our fans. We know the truth and we know that there is no truth in the rumors. It’s hardly the best way to run a business it is?
A global organization signing an actor who pulls out three weeks later? Nope, we don’t think so.
Charlie and Dakota? We are right behind you