Fifty Shades of Grey: Shailene Woodley, Garrett Hedlund Passed on Lead Roles

This week has seen the sheer anger of Fifty Shades of Grey fans when it comes to the casting of the lead characters in the film adaptation of the book set to be released in August 2014. Many had sort of written off Fifty Shades of Grey as a fad that had passed, but the intensity of the hatred coming from fans the poured their dissatisfaction into social media accounts everywhere proved the fad is more than that.

However, the anger over the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele may be more misplaced than fans want to admit. As Amanda Dobbins of Vulture points out, both Shailene Woodley and Garrett Hedlund both passed on the chance to take the roles before they were given to Hunnam and Johnson.

Per Dobbins and Vulture:

Producers moved to Garrett Hedlund, who passed because he “couldn’t connect with the character”; British TV star Christian Cooke wasn’t really famous enough. On the Anastasia side, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) was deemed too old, and Shailene Woodley had “conflicting polite obligations” (which is a polite way of saying there is no chance in hell she was going to tank her wholesome hippie image on 50 Shades).

We’re not trying to take anything away from the casting of Hunnam and Johnson, as in case you’re blind or just ignorant, both are ridiculously good looking individuals. However, it’s not like the producers got their first choice with casting either character as both Hunnam and Johnson were clearly third and fourth choices on the list.

So before you continue to slam the producers of a film that will likely at best be a cult hit in the summer of 2014, remember that they did their best to cast the roles and they didn’t do that bad of a job.  The attempt was made to find the “right” actors for the role but fans will apparently have to settle for the talented and easy on the eyes skills of Johnson and Hunnam for the time being.

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