Dakota Johnson has been cast as Anastasia Steele in "50 Shades Of Grey," this according to author E L James who tweeted the news on Monday. Johnson was first rumored for the role in a report from TheWrap on Aug. 22.
I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
— E L James (@E_L_James) September 2, 2013
Johnson, whose parents are Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, is best known for her work on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Ben & Kate." She also had memorable supporting roles in "The Social Network" and "The Five-Year Engagement." Her casting ends a months-long search for Anastasia, one which saw actresses like Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley, Alicia Vikander and Analeigh Tipton mentioned as possibilities for the coveted role. James' novel, the first in a trilogy, focuses on a young woman who finds herself involved in a sexual affair with the title character, Christian Grey. Charlie Hunnam was cast in that role on Monday as well.
Focus Features will release "50 Shades of Grey" on Aug. 1, 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the project.
Deadline.com also reported on Johnson's casting, claiming an exclusive on the story despite the fact that James' tweet happened a full 11 minutes before the site published.