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‘Fifty Shades’ Of Kaling: Mindy Approves Of Dakota Johnson Casting

Dakota Johnson is getting a pretty high-profile co-sign from Mindy Kaling. The casting of the former “Ben & Kate” star in the big-screen adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” may have initially led fans of the E.L. James trilogy to scratch their heads, but Mindy is hardly surprised by it.

She’s got a lot of love for Dakota, who used to share Tuesday nights with “The Mindy Project” star on Fox.

“Dakota is another one where it’s like, she’s really funny and very beautiful, so she was the kind of person where it’s like sometimes you put a timer on someone and you’re like ‘Dakota’s going—[it’s] to be a certain amount of time before she becomes huge,'” she said, adding, “Cause she’s just very dry and funny, beautiful in a way that’s not, like, boring. She’s gonna be great.”

And if you’re wondering if Mindy’s small-screen alter-ego—the rom-com loving Dr. Lahiri—is excited for the flick, she weighs in. “I am 100 percent sure Mindy Lahiri would go to the Ziegfeld [Theater] or wherever it is and see the premiere,” she said.

We also have a feeling Mindy wouldn’t mind making Dakota’s hunky leading man, Charlie Hunnam, her latest conquest. We can’t blame her.

Source: MTV News

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Penn: Dakota’s made for Grey

Penn Badgley thinks Dakota Johnson will “nail” 50 Shades of Grey.

The former Gossip Girl star is impressed with the actress’ talent after working with her on the upcoming film Cymbeline.

The 23-year-old is to play Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, a wide-eyed girl who begins to explore sex. Penn joked that Dakota won’t struggle too much to pull the act off.

“Can I say she is perfect for that'” he laughed to E! News. “I don’t know if that’s appropriate to say. I’m sure she’s gonna nail it, no pun intended.

“I haven’t read the books. Dakota is wonderful. I have known her for years and we’re doing a movie right now.”

Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Anastasia’s love interest Christian Grey in the release.

In the modern take on William Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline, Penn and Dakota play spouses and they were spotted filming a passionate kissing scene in a New York City park last Monday.

It comes after the hunk split from real-life girlfriend Zoë Kravitz this summer following two years together. Before that he dated Blake Lively for three years.

Meanwhile, Dakota is currently loved up with 27-year-old actor Jordan Masterson but will soon be filming steamy scenes with Charlie for the silver screen version of E.L. James’ bestselling book.

“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,” the author announced on Twitter recently, following it up with: “The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”

British hunk Charlie, 33, is best known for his part in TV show Sons of Anarchy.

Source: Film News UK

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First Image Dakota Johnson From the Need for Speed Movie

DreamWorks has released the first official image from their big screen version of the EA video game “Need for Speed“.

Paul explains to Entertainment Weekly of Dakota role in this film:

‘Dakota is my character’s ex, and now Dominic’s character is the new guy she’s seeing.’

Official Plot:

Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.

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Charlie Hunnam on ‘Fifty Shades’ Co-Star: There’s ‘Tangible Chemistry Between Us’

And don’t expect the actor –- who had explicit gay sex scenes in “Queer as Folk” –- to balk at the racy material: “If I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.”

Charlie Hunnam is ready to go from biker bad boy to billionaire sex symbol.

During the season-six premiere of his FX hit, Sons of Anarchy, Hunnam opened up about his Fifty Shades of Grey co-starDakota Johnson and how he landed the role of Christian Grey.

“As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,” Hunnam told The Hollywood Reporterand a handful of reporters. “It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”

Before that electrifying reading, Hunnam spoke at length with director Sam Taylor-Johnson about her thoughts on the role. After their first meeting, he “felt really intrigued and excited about it.”

“I went and read the first book to get a clearer idea of who this character was and felt even more excited about the prospect of bringing him to life.”

But at first he was cautious about taking on the commitment, given that he’s been locked into a TV show since 2008. After more talks with Taylor-Johnson, the filmmakers pushing back the shooting schedule to give Hunnam more time to prepare, and the reading with his future co-star, the actor committed.

Does he have worries about portraying such racy material onscreen?

“My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man,” Hunnam said. “I mean, I’m 16- and 17-years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.”

He also said his girlfriend, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, helped him make the decision to take on the role.

“It’s very hard to be with an actor, Hunamm said. “She’s required to share parts of me that she wouldn’t really want to share. With the nature of this role, that’s going to be times 10.”

He added that McNelis “loved the books.”

“She read them and loved them and was really excited about the potential of the opportunity for me. If anything, I think it will make us closer. ”

Fifty Shades of Grey, adapted from the EL James novel, will be released by Focus Features on Aug. 1, 2014, in North America.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Dakota Johnson Nabs ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Role

Dakota Johnson has landed the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in Universal’s forthcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, author EL James announced via Twitter on Monday.

“I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation ofFifty Shades of Grey,” she wrote. Moments later, James revealed that Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam would play Christian Grey in the film.

The pic will be released by Focus Features on Aug. 1, 2014, in North America.

The announcement marks the first major casting for the highly anticipated project, which is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside author James. Kelly Marcel wrote the screenplay.

Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, previously worked with producers De Luca and Brunetti on The Social Network. She has also been featured in21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement and the upcoming Need for Speed. Last fall, Johnson starred in the freshman Fox series Ben & Kate.

Source: Hollywood Reporter