E.L. James: 'Hold on to your hats,' author says of Fifty Shades of Grey





After more than a year of speculation, the film adaptation of E.L. James’s erotic blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey has finally roped in its leads.

Charlie Hunnam, best known for his roles in TV’s biker drama Sons of Anarchy and this summer’s monster flick Pacific Rim, will star as the sexually manipulative millionaire Christian Grey, with little-known actress Dakota Johnson taking on the role of the naive and submissive Anastasia Steele.

James, who topped Forbes magazine’s list of this year’s highest-earning authors, announced the casting on her Twitter account on the weekend, sending fans into a tizzy. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film, the first of a planned trilogy, is set for release in August 2014.