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Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment Charlie Hunnam will play Billionare Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.
# 50 shades of upset
Angry fans launch petition to change 50 Shades of Grey movie
But producers are standing by their decision.

THE PRODUCERS OF the upcoming film adaptation of the cult novel 50 Shades of Grey have been forced to defend their casting decision after a huge backlash from fans online.

A petition has already been set up by fans adamant that actor Matt Bomer should play the billionaire Christian Grey who entices innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele into a dominant-submissive relationship. Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel is the fan favourite for the naive student.

Instead, the roles went to Pacific Rim actor Charlie Hunnam and relative newcomer, Dakota Johnson.

The petition page maintains that:

Matt Bomer is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN GREY AND ALEXIS BLEDEL IS THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO REPRESENT ANASTASIA STEELE and if THEY ARE NOT, NOBODY WILL BE And I read the whole trilogy and I can assure that Matt is the perfect actor for this movie and Alexis too.

However, despite approaching 20,000 signatures, producer Dana Brunetti stands by the choice. He took to Twitter to address the uproar, saying that a lot of thought went into picking the perfect cast.

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Even Johnson’s mother, Melanie Griffith took on some of the haters. She proudly tweeted


but later lost it with a commenter, calling her a ‘bitch’ in a now deleted tweet, according to Glamour Magazine.

Wow! You’re quite the bitch aren’t you? #dontmesswithmama

Fox All-Star Party 2013 - Los Angeles Tammie Arroyo / AFF/EMPICS Entertainment Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffiths and Don Johnson, will play the lead female role in the movie. Tammie Arroyo / AFF/EMPICS Entertainment / AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Don’t mess with Mama, indeed.

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