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

(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.

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.
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)
Dakota Johnson attends Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party  at The Bookbindery on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Dakota Johnson attends Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party at The Bookbindery on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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