50 Shades Fans Hate Casting Choices
They're actually petitioning for new stars
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
In a Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in "Sons of Anarchy," arrives at a screening of the fourth season premiere of the television series, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

(Newser) – Fans of 50 Shades of Grey have been imagining the cast of the upcoming movie version for months now, and many of them were less than pleased with yesterday's actual casting news. It seems at least 7,000 of them wanted Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel to play the leads—as that's how many have signed a Change.org petition begging producers to replace actual leads Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson with Bomer and Bledel. Outraged fans also took to Twitter, leading one producer to respond, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.," Dana Brunetti tweeted. "So if your favorite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective." Some of the craziest tweets came from people wishing for Brunetti's death; others included the hashtag #NoMattNoAlexisNoMovie.

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JBHK
Sep 4, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
I didn't finish it. I thought it was a stupid book, and very badly written but even I think it's bad casting on the surface, but we'll have to see how it turns out. I'll bet all of these diehard fans who actually liked the book go see it anyway.
Shootskas
Sep 4, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
I thought this was going to be a semi-porn on Skinemax.
Tology
Sep 4, 2013 10:23 AM CDT
Did they have a casting call for actors with bad haircuts and stupid looking beards? I guess Ethan Hawke must have been busy that day.