James tweeted the news Monday morning.
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.Johnson had a small but memorable role in "The Social Network" before appearing in last year's "21 Jump Street." She's currently shooting a modern-day re-telling of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline."
-- E L James (@ELJames) September 2, 2013
The storyline will require the former IMG model to participate in plenty of heated sex scenes, though it's unclear how explicit the film will be. It seems unlikely that the numerous playful S&M scenes depicted in the book could be depicted with an "R" rating, so it could end up as one of the highest-profile NC-17 pics yet.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson ("Nowhere Boy") and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, along with James. Kelly Marcel penned the script.
Focus will release the film Stateside Aug. 1, 2014. Universal is handling international distribution.
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