(LOS ANGELES) -- Before Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were named as the lead stars of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, other actors were considered for the roles of college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey.
Garrett Hedlund, whose credits include TRON: Legacy and the upcoming Coen Brothers flick Inside Llewyn Davis, was a contender to play Christian, but he ultimately turned down the opportunity because he "couldn't connect with the character."
As for Anastasia, one of Hollywood's hottest young actresses drew interest for that part: Shailene Woodley. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Descendants and The Spectacular Now star wasn't able to make it work due to her commitment with her much-hyped movie Divergent, which will be released next March.
Elizabeth Olsen and British actress Felicity Jones were also considered before Johnson got the nod.
The decision by Universal Pictures and Focus Features to move forward with Johnson and Hunnam has been met with backlash by some fans who've signed an online petition, requesting that the actors be replaced with White Collar's Matt Bomer and former Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel. The petition has 31,000 supporters and counting.
The big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel will open August 1, 2014.
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