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“50 Shades of Grey” cast revealed

September 13, 2013

Aug. 1, 2014 is a date on the mind of any “50 Shades of Grey” fan. This is the day that they will see their beloved characters immortalized on the big screen. It is the day that E. L. James’s steamy bestselling novel will be played out in theaters for the world to see.

According to CBS News, the “50 Shades” trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release and has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

The series’ leading man, Christian Grey, will be embodied by Charlie Hunnam. Hunnam also appeared in the summer blockbuster “Pacific Rim” and the “Sons of Anarchy” television series. Grey’s pseudo-girlfriend Anastasia Steele will be played by Dakota Johnson. Johnson is best known for her appearances in “The Five-Year Engagement” and “21 Jump Street.”

Many fans are curious to see if the movie will stay true to the book. Because of the graphic sexual content of the novel, it is hard to imagine that the movie could manage an “R” rating. However, filmmakers have already made it clear that the adaptation will not warrant an NC-17 rating. Traditionally, this rating negatively impacts a film’s performance at the box office.

Chloe Bridges of the CW’s “Carrie Diaries” revealed to Cosmopolitan that she struggled with her audition because of explicit content.

“There were three pages of sides that I was going to audition with. I read them and was like, I really can’t do this. If you read these three pages of sides, you would die. I still . . . show them to my friends for fun,” Bridges said.

Bridges elaborates on specific scenes that delve into graphic territory. “The scene was, like, the girl telling her friends about some sexcapade she had . . . but it goes into extreme detail.”

In an article that appeared on USA Today’s website, “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke said that focus group members who saw the early film cuts were uncomfortable watching the scenes on the big screen in a public setting.

“People were surprised to see something so sexual,” said Hardwicke. “I thought after the success of (the novel) “Fifty Shades of Grey” that people would be totally excited to see it. But it was too intense. It’s a whole different feeling on the screen.”

Elizabeth Meyer
Features Editor

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