A few months after news broke out that Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam would play the lead roles in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film, Charlie Hunnam cited scheduling conflicts with his show Sons of Anarchy and bowed out of the film in October.
A few weeks later, Northern Irish actor and model, Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time, Marie Antoinette) was cast as Christian Grey and filming was pushed back with a new release date of February 13, 2015.
The author said the following of Hunnam’s exit and Dornan’s casting :
It was disappointing, but it is what it is. I wish him well. And now we have Jamie [Dornan], and that’s great. It’s been interesting with Jamie, [the fan reaction] has been so positive.
You can read the rest of her exclusive interview on EW.
From his modelling photos in an issue of GQ, Jamie Dornan (pictured below with actress Rosie Huntington Whitely) seems to already have the experience to play the character.
Soon after, the two leads appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly as part of the first promotions for the film.
Rounding up the cast are actors Eloise Mumford as Katherine “Kate” Kavanagh, Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey, Victor Rasuk as José Rodriguez, Jr., Jennifer Ehle as Carla Wilkes, Anastasia’s mother and Max Martini as Jason Taylor, Grey’s bodyguard.
Author E.L. James started teasing fans with tweets and photos, like the one below;
And when the film finally went on the floors on December 1, 2013, the author E.L. James posted an Instragram photo of the clap-on signalling the start.
Check out these photos from the first day of filming, courtesy of Just Jared.
Recently, producer Dana Brunetti spoke about releasing two versions for the film with different ratings :
“It’ll be R, obviously it has to be R. This is just my opinion and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later. So everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. It’d be great for the studio too because they’d get a double dip on the box office… What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book]. We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want.”