Melanie Griffith and other celebs react to Fifty Shades news

Sep 2, 2013 at 8:37 p.m. ET

After learning the big news about who would be playing the main characters in Fifty Shades of Grey, celebs took to Twitter to share their excitement, their confusion and their pride.

Melanie and Dakota

It has been a long wait, but we finally know who will play Anastasia Steele and Dorian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. E.L. James tweeted this week that Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam had snagged two of the most coveted roles of the year.

For producer Michael DeLuca, the choice was an easy one. He responded to a fan on Twitter who thanked him for the casting, and shared why the two actors were the ones chosen out of the thousands that had probably hoped to be the main characters in the adult-themed book.


At 23-years-old, Johnson has been in some big films like The Social Network and The Five-Year Engagement, but never in a role as big as this one. The actress is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and her proud mom tweeted about the news Monday.


Other celebrities also took to Twitter, some with sincerity and some with humor. Rainn Wilson jokingly tweeted about his disappointment over losing the role.


Ireland Baldwin, another daughter of Hollywood parents who has broken into the entertainment industry, tweeted her excitement for the casting.


Author, and friend of E.L. James, Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that Hunnam wasn’t James’ first choice for the role, causing a bit of controversy.


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Actress Garcelle Beauvais tweeted what many women may be thinking. It seemed like it may be an odd choice, but the more you think about it (or stare at photos of Hunnam), the more you realize Hunnam will be the best choice for Fifty Shades of Grey.


Yep, we're officially sold.

The news took everyone by surprise, but with 70 million copies of the book sold, there will likely be plenty of eyes watching the chemistry between the two.

Fifty Shades of Grey will be out Aug. 1, 2014.

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