Actor Charlie Hunnam ("Sons Of Anarchy") will star as 'Christian Grey', the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features' adaptation of the 'erotic romance', "Fifty Shades of Grey", co-starring Dakota Johnson as 'Anastasia Steele'.
The film, to be released by Focus Features August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Producers are Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. Screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.
The book is notable for explicit scenes involving 'bondage', 'discipline', 'dominance', 'submission' 'sadism' and 'masochism'.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release, selling over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print.
Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.
Subsequent novels in the series, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed," explore the couple's 'deepening relationship'.
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