After months of speculation, Focus features announced today that Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) will star as Christian Grey, the lead character in the film adaptation of the popular novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” explore the couple’s deepening relationship. The novels have become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. The producers of The Social Network, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are producing Fifty Shades of Grey after being hand-picked by the author.