Dakota Johnson is taking on the very adult role of Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and her mother, Melanie Griffith, is excited for the 23-year-old actress.
“My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades,” Melanie Tweeted on Monday. “Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama.”
On Monday, author E L James announced that Dakota and Charlie Hunnam were lined up to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
A producer on the film – Michael De Luca — Tweeted that the pair had sparks during the audition process.
“Auditions were stunning, incredible chemistry,” De Luca wrote in response to a fan who thanked the producer for locking down the roles.
A handful of stars also Tweeted about the casting news.
Ireland Baldwin wrote that she was, “50 Shades of down for Charlie Hunnam.”
And, both Rainn Wilson and Josh Gad jokingly Tweeted their disappointment at losing out on the part of Christian.
“Congrats to Charlie Hunnam on the 50 Shades of Grey role. It was a tough fight but the actor with the longer hair won. #bummed,” Rainn Tweeted.
“Really happy for Charlie Hunnam getting 50 Shades lead, but bummed because I came thisclose. Now I have to return all that used leather,” Josh wrote.
Actress and author Garcelle Beauvais Tweeted that she was more convinced that Charlie was the right choice after seeing a sexy photo of the actor.
“I didn’t get it, but this pic makes it more believable,” she wrote, to accompany this photo.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” will hit theaters on August 1, 2014.
-- Jolie Lash