Fans of "Fifty Shades of Grey" have been tied up in who will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the upcoming movie adaptation, and many were none too happy about the casting announcement made on Labor Day.
Author of the best-selling erotic series E.L. James announced on her Twitter Monday that "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam and "Ben and Kate's" Dakota Johnson will play the protagonists in the movie. However, many loyalists had set sights on "White Collar's" Matt Bomer to play the troubled billionaire and Alexis Bledel of "Gilmore Girls" fame to play Steele, and started a Change.org petition in protest of the decision, which has received more than 7,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
"All readers believe matt is christian (sic)," reads the petition's page. "It would be a dream to see him in the movie."
Bomer had always been a fan favorite to play Grey, along with "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavil and "Vampire Diaries" actor Ian Somerholder.
"Matt Bomer is perfect to play this role... He's the only Christian Grey," one commenter wrote. "He is a great actor and he can fit the character perfectly... No Bomer No Movie."
Several have jumped to defend the "Fifty Shades" cast, including the film's co-producer Dana Brunetti.
"There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks," he tweeted Monday. "Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc."
This isn't the only Change.org petition as of late to cry foul on an anticipated casting announcement. Batman fans recently started a petition against Warner Bros., calling for them to recast Batman in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" movie after the announcement was made that Ben Affleck would play the caped crusader. That petition has garnered more than 90,000 signatures.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie is set to bow in 2014.
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