NEW YORK, June 27th, 2013 - The global release of Fifty Shades of Grey will start in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with opening dates around the world to be announced. The Focus Features domestic theatrical release will be in theaters nationwide. Universal Pictures International is releasing the movie in the rest of the world.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the highly anticipated film adaptation of E L James’ #1 bestselling book. Fifty Shades of Grey has been adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie version alongside Ms. James.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Fifty Shades of Grey (first published in 2011) follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker (2011) and Fifty Shades Freed (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship. For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page:

Focus Features and Focus Features International ( comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

In addition to Fifty Shades of Grey, upcoming Focus Features releases include The World’s End, the new comedy reuniting director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; the true-life dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, to be directed by Michael Cuesta and star Jeremy Renner; the comedic fable The Boxtrolls, the new animated feature from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Tracy Morgan; Black Sea, the adventure thriller to star Jude Law for Academy Award-wining director Kevin Macdonald; and Dallas Buyers Club, the fact-based drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures are part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

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  1. avatar lynnielou says:

    I can’t take anymore suspense waiting to see who will play who. I think I will need to be sedated until the announcement.

  2. avatar RueArcher says:

    Garrett Hedlund from Tron!!! He is the right age, beautiful, and his fame wouldn’t overshadow Christian Grey. As for Ana, I actually think Julianne Hough could pull of the darker hair look with her amazing eyes. Plus there is ballroom dancing in the books. And I see Charlize Theron as Elena because she has the ability to be dark, like in Monster.

  3. avatar Regina says:

    New Books? Will be not easy bit Mr. Grey.Because it is a romance!

  4. avatar Fernandezlili28 says:

    Please let me tell you THANKS for these awesome three books!!! And when I was reading them, THE face of Christian was allways Ian Somerhalder!!! Grey eyes, thet malicious look, hard,funny, etc etc… For Ana, I would say Alexis Bledel or Zoey Deschanel (both perfect) Please don´t pick another ones!!!

  5. avatar monik_922 says:

    I also think the same Matt Bomer for Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele Alexis Bledel for them are perfect for those papers

  6. avatar leni says:

    Jacey Elthalion or Garrett Hedlund for Christian Grey and Jessica Brown Findlay for Ana Steele

  7. avatar Dee says:

    My preference would be Ryan Gosling to play the role as Christian Grey, he is an exceptional actor who can play this character 200% and more. If he is willing I think It will be great. I haven’t thought that far about Anna’s role but I think Christian’s role is more important right now.

  8. avatar cristina says:

    I just read the three books…
    I love them. To tell you the truth im going back to parts of the books I love….can’t wait to see the movie.

  9. avatar Elizabeth says:

    I know there are countless comments on who should be cast as Anastasia and Christian. Well this is another one of those. I believe the best actress would be Allison Williams and either Matt Boner or Henry Cavill. Should play Christian. Either way I know the movie will be great based on the deep consideration in picking the company and director. No doubt it will be as serious when it comes to the actors. Can’t wait!

  10. avatar freesky_nes says: Only Matt Bomer can be Christian Grey and Alexis Bledel is so perfect for playing Ana.I hope the producers can see that.We want Matt Bomer.Please choose him.

  11. avatar katherinee says:

    Matt Bomer is so Christian Grey.I watched White Collar after the book and when I finished all seasons I read the book again and everything about Christian in the book is exactly same with MATT BOMER.Alexis Bledel should be Ana.They are like same person.Alexis looks so Ana.And thank you for this amazing books.I hope you choose Matt Bomer.

  12. avatar redrouge says:

    Hello Mrs. James

    Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender
    Emilia Clarke and Henry Cavill
    Alexis Bledel and Matt Bomer
    Kiera Knightley and Michael Fassbender

    Diane Lane or Charlize Theron or Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Robinson

    NC 17 Rating
    So looking forward to movie!

    Oh yes and the rest of the cast should be charismatic unknowns.

    • avatar freesky_nes says:

      When I saw Michael Fassbender I thought he should play Taylor. I think he looks like Taylor more than Christian and Kiera Knightley doesnt looks like Ana. I think she is wrong person for playing role of Ana.

  13. avatar amberbren says:

    Hello All you Fifty Shades of gray lover’s out there
    dose anybody know when there gonna do casting I Really wanna know who’s gonna play who??????


  14. avatar amberbren says:

    Hey all Amber here from Vancouver,Washington
    I was so Happy to here that they where making a movie out of these wounderful books. I so obsessed with Christian Gray and Anastasia it’s not funny I hope they do a good job at the movie…….I hope they pick someone good to play them………………..I Really love Alexis Bledel so if they don’t cast her i hope they cast someone good

  15. avatar secretofall says:

    I watch all episodes of White Collar and I see that he is the right person for play Christian.I think he is the only person for play Christian.He is talented.He can be fifty shades of fu*ked up.He can do everything.I wasnt know Matt Bomer before this book and the first time I saw him I got it he is the one.Oh if you choose him, you gonna make this movie the best movie of year.Matt Bomer is only person for Christian Grey.Please watch White Collar and you will see what I’m talking about.Thank you for this amazing books.Please dont let us down about Matt Bomer.

  16. avatar sunshine_123 says:

    Some people say Lucy Hale should be Ana? Are you kidding me? There is no way she can be Ana.But she can be Christian’s sister.And I have to say that Henry Cavill and Ian Somerhalder cant be Christian.Please open your eyes and see the real Christian and Ana.Please open your eyes and see whats good whats bad.I think Matt Bomer and Alexis Bleder should be Ana and Christian.When I saw them, I said ”that’s it! They are real Christian and Ana”

  17. avatar addictedtoredroom says:

    Matt Bomer and Alexis Bleder born for play Christian and Ana. Every time I see them I say that.They are exactly real Christian and Ana.If they play in the movie, movie will be just AMAZİNG!! But if they dont choose Matt Bomer I think Alex Pettyfer is good option too.Not like Matt Bomer but Alex is better than Henry C. and Ian S. Henry Cavill looks old and he is not sexy enough.I cant imagine him in love.He cant be Christian.Ian Somerhalder looks like little brother.He is handsome but not sexy enough.He is so bad option also.Only MATT BOMER CAN DO THİS.AND MAYBE ALEX TOO.I hope they choose Matt Bomer and Alexis Bleder.They are the right people

  18. avatar secretofall says:
    I dont know what I should think? Did they choose Matt Bomer and Alexis Bleder? I hope they did.Because Matt Bomer is the real Christian and Alexis is the real Ana.Matt and Alexis are big chance for this movie.I’m not happy about say that but if you dont choose Matt Bomer, you should choose Alex Pettyfer.

  19. avatar freesky_nes says:

    Is this real?Please say yes.Please say yes.Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel are real Christan and Ana. They have o take this roles.

  20. avatar rhonda bissoon says:

    these rumours of new books I tell you they have me running mad, please say yes they are in the mix and when they will be available :)

  21. avatar rhonda bissoon says:

    hey all Rhonda from Trinidad here, must say I am completely hooked not only do I read the book but I listen to the audiobook every night before I go to sleep. My husband says I am obsessed and I proudly admit that I am. LOL. I think Alexis Bledel and Matt Bomer would be the only two actors to do the parts of Christian and Anastasia. Ian Somerhalder would be my second choice for Christian though.

    • avatar stenney74 says:

      I disagree…Ian Somerhalder makes a MUCH better Christian Grey than Matt Bomer, IMO. And I can’t see Alexis Bledel in the role as Anastasia she’s way to “Rory Gilmore”. But again that’s just my opinion. I too am anxiously hoping there will be more books written on Christian and Ana so PLEASE don’t let us fans down.

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