The first teaser poster for Fifty Shades of Grey has disappointingly no more than fifteen shades of the color. It does have a great tagline, a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline– a city that seems to exists in every mind in states of perpetual grey- and the title character in a great suit with his hands in pocket looking over the city he seeks to conquer. It is all pre-seduction at its best.
The movie’s troubled production history had the original Mr Grey, Charlie Hunnam being replaced when “scheduling conflicts” caused him to drop out. More likely Hunnam got tired of listening to fans of the E.L. James novel grumbling about his being selected. Jamie Dornan (Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman on the series Once Upon a Time) got the role over more popular frontrunners Alexander Skarsgård, François Arnaud, Billy Magnussen, Patrick J. Adams and Luke Bracey. Despite fan visions of Emma Watson, Scarlett Johansson, Kat Dennings, Olivia Wilde, Emilia Clarke, Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence being cast Dakota Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) was granted the role of Anastasia, Grey’s object of desire.
Expect to see the Grey look on billboards in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course, Seattle starting this weekend. Going to the official website offers fans to click through to the Grey Enterprise website and sign up as “interns” for any employment opportunities that might arise. Don’t expect to get the full Anastasia experience– only proper compensation in the form of press releases, trailer updates, posters, stills and other production minutiae.
If the relationship and the box office grow exponentially, expect the other two books in the Grey trilogy to get a release.
The film also features Eloise Mumford as Anastasia’s best friend, Kate Kavanagh; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend Jose; Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla; Max Martini as Grey’s bodyguard; and Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the adoptive mother of Christian Grey, Mia Grey (Rita Ora) and Elliot Grey (Luke Grimes). Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) directs.