HollywoodLife.com reports that fans showed a mix of reactions surrounding the news. While some were pleased, others were not so happy. “Who the heck are these people who got casted for fifty shades?" Tweeted one fan of the books.
James responded to fans reactions by tweeting, "To all the supporters, lovers and haters - thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you."
The film is scheduled to be released in August 2014.