The Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation finally has its Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Queer as Folk) and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) have been cast as the sex-loving couple made famous in EL James's novel of the same name and the film is due to arrive next summer in cinemas.
The book was, of course, a phenomenon. The story's popularity swept across the globe, proving such a success as a Kindle novel that it just had to be published in print too. Love it or hate it, the now infamous tale of S&M and dominance is here to stay.
Having found the book somewhat laughable, I find myself excited by the adaptation. After all, the story itself – pure indulgent escapism – was what compelled so many people to read it. That and the deliciously naughty Christian Grey. The part many readers struggled to come to terms with was the actual writing. Orgasms likened to a washing machine cycle? An author who seems too scared to use actual terminology for genitalia? Not really the best way to get an exciting piece of erotica.
However, remove the writing and focus on the story itself and you might just be on to something. Throw in an actress not scared by full frontal nudity and an actor who rose to fame playing a homosexual teenager in the rather explicit Queer as Folk and you might just have a great piece of erotic cinema.
Are you excited to see the adaptation when it arrives next year or do you just wish this particular phenomenon would disappear? Let us know…