Fifty Shades of Grey cast Callum Keith Rennie as Anastasia Steele's stepfather

Posted by FiftyShades on December 19th, 2013

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie’s casting team never has a dull moment. Every other day news surfaces that someone or the other has been chosen to be added to the ensemble cast of this Sam Taylor-Johnson directed flick adapted from the erotic novel of the same name by Erica James. Last week it was Dylan Neal, Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Ora who were confirmed to be a part of the star cast and were picked to play the roles of Anastasia Steele’s step father, Christian Grey’s adopted mother and Christian Grey’s adopted sister respectively. The latest name to be added to this band none other than Callum Keith Rennie, who will play another one of Anastasia Steele’s stepfather to her mother, played by Jennifer Ehle.

The rumour mills are never at rest ever since the novel, based on the BDSM inspired love affair between a billionaire businessman and a college graduate, was decided to be adapted for the big screen. The character that will be played by Callum Keith Rennie is called Ray Steele and the actor is famous for his role in ‘Battlestar Galactica’ as Cylon Leoben Conoy. He is also famous for his role in ‘Californication’ as Lew Ashby. The role of his demure college graduate step daughter, who gets embroiled in a sadomasochistic relationship with a cold and manipulative businessman with a taste for pain, will be played by Dakota Johnson. The shooting has already begun and the report of the new addition to the cast has started trickling in with the addition of Callum Keith Rennie.

The movie Fifty Shades of Grey  is not a stranger to sudden cast changes or cast additions and/or cast subtractions. It all started with Charlie Hunnam. Another television star, Hunnam was chosen to play the role of the cold and calculating Grey in the movie but just as the shooting was about to begin, he walked out citing his chock-a-bloc schedule and commitment to his television show, “Sons of Anarchy”. Like a vicious circle, and a jinx, cast changes became routine with the movie adaptation.  One crucial character of the novel and the movie of course, Elena Robinson, is yet to be decided on. And though the casting team and the author herself are in talks with the likes of Rose McGowan and Katie Holmes to play the part, nothing is etched in stone as of yet.

Charlie Hunnam walking out of the movie had thrown the entire team into an indecisive state and some were not even optimistic that the film adaptation would even be complete. But that was till they found the ex- Calvin Klein model, Jamie Dornan, who rescued the fate of the film like a knight in shining armour. Beating contenders like Matt Bomer and Ryan Gosling among others, Jamie Dornan has become the sex symbol that women will reckon with after ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Movie’ releases in 2015. Some quarters are also abuzz with the news that the release date had to be pushed back to Valentine’ s Day weekend 2015 because of the cast uncertainties, but we can only hope that Cupid brings some luck for this enterprise.  

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