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Fans not happy with 'Fifty Shades' casting

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
September 4, 2013 -- Updated 1042 GMT (1842 HKT)
OK "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans, it looks like some of you have gotten your wish. Charlie Hunnam <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/12/showbiz/fifty-shades-hunnam-exit/index.html'>will not be playing</a> Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel. You can once again start fantasizing about who might snag the role instead. Here are a few names that have come up. OK "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans, it looks like some of you have gotten your wish. Charlie Hunnam will not be playing Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel. You can once again start fantasizing about who might snag the role instead. Here are a few names that have come up.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast in the film
  • Some fans wanted Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel to get the roles
  • A petition is being circulated

(CNN) -- "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans are hot -- and not for the reason you might think.

No sooner were the stars of the forthcoming film adaptation of the wildly successful erotic novel announced than the Internet roared its disapproval. No, no, no some fans cried to the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively.

The front-runners for the gig appear to be "White Collar" star Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel, who is best known from the hit TV show "Gilmore Girls." There is even a Change.org petition demanding that the roles be recast and given to that pair.

Stars picked for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Wow.

As we learned with the drama that became "Batfleck" (yes, that's henceforth the term for the madness that went down when it was announced that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman) people take very seriously these casting decisions -- especially when it's a pair of characters they have been fantasizing about.

Therefore it seems like just about everyone has "Fifty Shades" opinion. And Twitter lit up with them, from the serious to the semi-joshing.

But not everyone was bummed about it.

Johnson's mom, actress Melanie Griffith, appears to be thrilled. She tweeted "My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna [sic] Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proud mama."

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