Where has the love gone?
Producers of the upcoming movie version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” find themselves defending their choices to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
They picked two relative unknowns: Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam.
And fan reaction on Twitter was swift.
: “HORRIBLE CASTING choices. They are unattractive and just...just bad.”
: “So very disappointed with both choices. No longer looking forward to seeing the movie :-( :'(”
Fans had teased themselves by speculating that Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, even Robert Pattinson, might win the role of the hard-lovin’ Christian Grey.
And Anastasia? Fans had dreamed that Emma Watson would play her.
Bomer fans flooed Twitter with hashtags like #NoBomerNoMovie and #MattBomerIsOurGrey.
To be fair, other fans were more even-handed in their reaction.
"It seems everyone has a different opinion on #Fiftyshades movie casting but we need to trust @E_L_James decisions after all she did write," @LyndaCardle tweeted.
And followers of Hunnam’s work as Jax Teller on the FX series seemed happy.
"Hate Fifty Shades with a passion, but I will go see it if Charlie Hunnam is in it. I’ll just pretend he’s Jax," @SweetCaroline04 tweeted.
Melanie Griffith and the movie’s producers are certainly excited by the choices. Griffith’s daughter starred on the short-lived sitcom “Ben and Kate” and has appeared in a handful of films.
Melanie tweeted: "My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades. Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama.”
Producer Dana Brunetti tweeted that “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. So if your favourite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."
Fan reaction was so negative that author E.L. James felt the need to defend the choices, tweeting: "To all the supporters, lovers and haters – thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you."
And producer Michael De Luca promised fans that “auditions were stunning, incredible chemistry.”
The movie is expected to hit theaters in August 2014.