It's official! After months of rumors, director Sam Taylor-Johnson has finally locked down the two leads for her big-screen adaptation of the erotic E.L. James novel 50 Shades of Grey. Now Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam will play wealthy, damaged Christian Grey, while Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) will take the role of Anastasia Steele, who falls for Grey and becomes the submissive to his dominant lover. Now that we've got that settled, longtime 50 Shades aspirant Bret Easton Ellis is spilling the tea on Twitter: According to him, E.L. James confessed this summer at a party that Robert Pattinson was her first choice for Christian — an unsurprising pick, perhaps, since 50 Shades had its genesis in Twilight fanfiction.
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Male Stars Are Too Buff Now
What Is Katy Perry Doing?
Things Are Happy — a Little Too Happy — in the First Look at Pretty Little Liars’ Series Finale
Blimey! Queen Elizabeth Reportedly Quite Fancies The Crown
What’s New on Netflix: May 2017
Cannes: Joaquin Phoenix Is an Action Hero Now, But He’s Keeping His Belly
Cannes: This Is the Erotic Twin-Fetish Body-Horror Thriller You’ve Been Waiting For
Classic Bass: Ed Westwick Wants Nothing to Do With a Gossip Girl Revival
Twin Peaks Recap: I Don’t Understand This Situation at All
The Square, Sofia Coppola, and Nicole Kidman Take Top Honors at Cannes
Latest News from VultureAlex Rodriguez Joins ABC News as Their Latest Contributor
Enjoy your first cup of coffee with A-Rod. Or your last glass of night wine. Or possibly both.Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Boasts a Number One at the Box Office
Dead men are allowed to brag a little.Madeline Zima Didn’t Know She Was Auditioning for the Twin Peaks Revival
“When David was watching something I did and he liked it, I felt like the sun was shining on only me.”Silicon Valley Recap: Richard Hendricks Gets Laid!
It took him four seasons to get there, but so what?The Leftovers Recap: Are You a Bad Enough Dude to Kill the President?
With the fate of the world at stake, Kevin Garvey faces off against himself.Why The Leftovers Did an ‘International Assassin’ Sequel
Why The Leftovers Did an ‘International Assassin’ SequelDavid Lynch Forces Your Brain to Work Differently
What we’re dealing with here is a work like no other, unveiled in a manner no one has ever experienced before.American Gods Recap: A Whole New World
“Lemon Scented You” ups the tension between Old and New Gods.Logan Lucky Trailer: Ocean’s Eleven, Meet NASCAR
Steven Soderbergh’s new comedy stars a Who’s Who? of Yee-Haw.No One Is More Shocked Than Joaquin Phoenix That He Won Best Actor at Cannes
For his turn in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here.
“It’s such a strange thing to think about.”The Square, Sofia Coppola, and Nicole Kidman Take Top Honors at Cannes
Toutes nos félicitations!On Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty Tries to Stay Positive
The young rapper’s penchant for positive hooks and weightless production is on displaySo, David Lynch Might Make Some More Movies Again, After All
Misrepresented quotes will be the death of everyone.Bloodline Recap: Florida Justice
Bloodline does its very own impression of Law & Order.Live Vicariously Through Stephen Colbert As Gordon Ramsay Chastises His Bloody Awful Sandwich-Making Skills
“That’s a pile of shit.”Richard Nixon Has Some Choice Words for Donald Trump in The Simpsons’ New Episode
“I came to thank you, Donald.”Cannes: This Is the Erotic Twin-Fetish Body-Horror Thriller You’ve Been Waiting For
Get ready for a wild ride.Elisabeth Moss Has a Monkey Roommate and a Condom Tug-of-War in Her Palme d’Or–Winning Cannes Movie
“The monkey had a high list of demands.”The Music Community Pays Tribute to Gregg Allman
From Brian Wilson to his ex-wife Cher.