After months of speculation, the 50 Shades of Grey movie has found its leading lady and leading man.
Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the upcoming film based on E.L. James’ steamy bestseller, Deadline reports.
Johnson’s character is a sheltered college graduate who undergoes a sexual awakening after meeting Christian Grey, who introduces her to relationships based on submission and dominance.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. What do you think of the casting news?
Sons of Anarchy may be revving toward the finish line, but the show isn’t out of gas.
The FX drama’s upcoming Season 6 premiere features a climactic scene that will almost undoubtedly stir some debate. While creator Kurt Sutter hopes to keep the plot a secret, he insists that he’s not just trying to grab eyeballs by tackling a hot-button issue.
“I’ve wanted to do that story for about three years,” Sutter told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Friday. “I knew it would be somewhat controversial, but I feel like as much as I wouldn’t do something [just] because it was controversial, I’m also not going to do something because it is controversial. … There’s a lot of blood and guts in my show — it’s a signature of the show. But I feel like nothing is done gratuitously. … I am not trying to make a statement. This is a story that’s not being done to be sensational.”
More importantly, Sutter said the potentially polarizing scene in question is a major turning point for the show as it kicks off its penultimate season. “It is truly the catalyst for the third act of our morality play,” he said. “It sets everything in motion for this season that will ultimately lead to the end that then will bring us into the final season and what I see as the ultimate comeuppance of everything in terms of the series.”
The weight of that comeuppance will most likely fall mostly on Jax (Charlie Hunnam), who will continue to wrestle with how he feels about leading an outlaw motorcycle club. “The conflict that has fueled the entire series and especially Charlie’s character is the idea of: ‘Can I do what I do and follow this path and still show up and be a caring and loving husband and a good and caring father?'” Sutter says. “Can I have all that and still be the leader of a criminal enterprise? Coming into Season 6, we have to decide whether the answer is yes or no.”
As such, Sutter believes Season 7 will indeed be the show’s last, though he suggests that if he needs a few extra episodes, FX would oblige. (He also acknowledges that many episodes, including the 90-minute Season 6 premiere, will be “supersized.”) So does he have a master plan? Does he know the final shot of the series?
“I have an idea of what the final shot is and, for some reason, it’s Otto getting out of jail,” Sutter joked about the character he plays on the show. But seriously, Sutter does have a plan but isn’t locked into it.
“I have a loose blueprint I go into every season with,” he said. “The looser I hold on to those ideas, the better the seasons are. … I have a sense of what the final shot is, but I hold onto that loosely. I need that marker to go towards, and then I go the right place.”
Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth season premieres Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10/9c on FX.
Sons of Anarchy has cast RoboCop!
Peter Weller, who starred as the famed cyborg crime fighter in 1987’s RoboCop and 1990’s RoboCop 2, will play a former cop turned port worker in the upcoming sixth season of the hit FX show, THR reports.
Weller, 66, has previously directed a handful of episodes of Sons of Anarchy during seasons four and five of the show. This will be his first time appearing on the show.
In addition to playing RoboCop, Weller has also appeared on TV shows like House, 24, Dexter and Monk, as well at this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s also previously directed episodes of House, Hawaii Five-O, Las Vegas and Monk.
According to the logline for the sixth season of the show, official logline for the new season, “Having framed Clay for the murder of Damon Pope, Season Six begins with Jax’s leadership uncontested, but his family life suffering from his single-minded pursuit of John Teller’s vision. Jax must find a way to keep Tara from going to prison for conspiracy to commit murder while rebuilding his club and breaking from the cycle of violence and greed that ultimately led to his best friend’s death.”
The new season of Sons of Anarchy will premiere Sept. 10 at 10 p.m.
Additionally, Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth-season premiere — which picks up a few days after the events of the fifth season-ender — will clock in at a super-sized, 90 minutes.
As SOA creator Kurt Sutter revealed at Comic-Con, the upcoming episodes find Chibs in the SAMCRO VP seat and Tara kicking major tush behind bars.
Replacing Bobby as Jax’s right-hand man at the table is none other than… Chibs. What does the newly promoted veep bring to the president’s term? “Maybe some conscience,” portrayer Tommy Flanagan teased. “He has a blind loyalty toward Jax in a lot of ways.” Adds Charlie Hunnam: “Tommy’s like my big brother in real-life, so that dynamic’s been coming through a lot this season.”
Here’s everything else we learned during Sons‘ Comic-Con session:
DADDY DEAREST | Sutter reveals that “we begin Season 6 a few days after Season 5. The [story] continues to be Jax’s journey in terms of, can he be the leader of this outlaw organization and still be a loving father and a devoted husband? Can he take the club and lead them into a more legit line of work and still be an outlaw organization?” The question of “what kind of father is Jax destined to become” will also still play a huge part in the story.
LOCKDOWN | Now behind bars, Clay realizes that “there’s no more leveraging,” Ron Perlman shared. “There’s just this bounty that’s on his head and he’s no longer in control of how many minutes he has left.” As for a what the character’s journey is while in the clink, the actor noted,”I didn’t know what [it was] until I saw a tweet the other day [where Sutter described Clay’s journey this year as] ‘redemption.’”
AFTER THE AFTERMATH | Jax in Season 6 will let the tragic loss of Opie “inform him in a more positive way,” shared Hunnam. “He’ll try to let it inspire him to turn this club into what [his father] John Teller wanted it to be. “
SHORT HAIR, DON’T CARE | A newly jailed Tara (Maggie Siff) is rocking a spiffy new ‘do in Season 6. Added bonus: The promo revealed that she’s kicking major inmate ass behind bars.
SERIES FINALE SCOOP | What will Sons’ likely series finale in Season 7 consist of? “A big pool of blood,” Sutter joked. More seriously, the showrunner said he “has a sense of what I want the last scene of the show to be. How we’re going to get there and what that looks like, I’m not sure. I come into each season knowing what I want the season to be… and the looser I grip those [ideas], the better the season is.”