FILE - Dakota Johnson attends the FOX network upfront presentation party at Wollman Rink, in New York in a May 14, 2012 file photo. Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 that Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele in the big-screen adaptation of E L James Fifty Shades of Grey. Johnson is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — The big-screen adaptation of E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has cast its lead roles.
Charlie Hunnam will play the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will play the college student he captivates, Anastasia Steele. Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced the castings Monday.
The 23-year-old Johnson is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. She has had small roles in “The Social Network” and “21 Jump Street.”
The 33-year-old British actor Hunnam starred in this summer’s robot-monster battle “Pacific Rim.” He currently stars in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film is to be released next August.