[Movies] Dakota Johnson To Play Anastasia Steele In Fifty Shades of Grey Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.02.2013
Coming Soon reports that Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, Need for Speed, 21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement, Ben and Kate) has been officially cast as Anastasia Steele in Universal Pictures and Focus Features' Fifty Shades of Grey. The film will be released on August 1, 2014 in North America, and will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce with author E.L. James. The film is based on the book by James, adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel.
James made the announcement of Johnson's casting today. The book has become a worldwide bestseller. It has sold 70 million copies in e-book and print, and has been translated in 50 languages. It is one of the fastest-selling book trilogies ever. Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the books in March 2012. Focus will market and distribute the first film with Universal.
The series follows the relationship between 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. The other two novels are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Johnson, meanwhile, is currently shooting the film Cymbeline.