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Charlie Hunnam to Star Opposite Dakota Johnson in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Casting for the Universal-Focus project announced minutes apart

In a one-two punch for “Fifty Shades of Grey” news, Universal and Focus Features announced Monday that Charlie Hunnam will star opposite Dakota Johnson as the film adaptation’s male lead Christian Grey.

The book’s author, E.L. James, teased the news about Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”) only moments after the announcement of the Johnson casting.

The storyline will require Hunnam and Johnson — a former IMG model — to participate in plenty of heated sex scenes, though it’s unclear how explicit the film will be. Hunnam is best known for his role as Jax Teller on “Sons of Anarchy,” and has also appeared in “Pacific Rim” and “Queer as Folk.”

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”) and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, along with James. Kelly Marcel penned the script.

Focus will release the film Stateside Aug. 1, 2014. Universal is handling international distribution.

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