Dakota Johnson – daughter of Miami Vice star Don Johnson and longtime Hollywood hottie Melanie Griffith – has been cast in the role of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of British author E.L. James’ book Fifty Shades of Grey.
“My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades,” Griffith tweeted on Monday. “Look out world! Here she comes!!!”
Johnson, 23, will star opposite British actor Charlie Hunnam in the movie – which starts filming next month and is slated for an August 2014 release. In addition to a lead gig on Fox’s Ben and Kate sitcom, she previously starred in The Social Network – a Facebook biopic whose producers were hand-picked by James to manage this project.
One of those producers – Michael de Luca – tweeted that Johnson and Hunnam were “stunning” together and had “incredible chemistry.”
Fans of the series agreed.
“They nailed the casting,” one told FITS. “Nailed it.”
Fifty Shades of Grey – which explores bondage/ discipline, dominance/ submission, sadism/ masochism (BDSM) and other sexual proclivities in explicit detail – is the first book in a trilogy that has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.
@fitsnews Ehh. The movie belongs on the Lifetime channel.
— Trisha Hargett Guy (@trishlawish) September 2, 2013
— Lauren Luxenburg (@LaurenC_Lux) September 2, 2013
So Christian Grey won't be played by Alexander Skarsgard. It's official. Feeling #50Shades of Sadness… ????
— Nora Hembree Battle (@NoraBattle) September 2, 2013