Fans angry Kartheiser's fiancée passed over for '50 Shades' role


The fiancée of Minnesota native Vincent Kartheiser is getting a lot of support from fans who wanted to see the "Gilmore Girls" and "Mad Men" actress in the big screen adaptation of the E.L. James blockbuster "50 Shades of Grey," reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Fans have started a petition on for Alexis Bledel to take the place of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the movie.

The petition is also calling for the ousting of "Pacific Rim" and "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam as the lurid billionaire Christian Grey. Fans instead wanted "White Collar" and "Magic Mike" star Matt Bomer.

Variety reports that fans had also hoped for "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill or "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder as possible actors to play Christian.

The studio for "50 Shades of Grey," Focus Features, announced the casting of Johnson and Hunnam on Monday. So far, the Change petition supporting Bledel and Bomer has more than 7,900 signatures.

Naturally, social media site like Twitter were abuzz with criticism of the casting move, aimed at the likes of one of the film's producers, Dana Brunetti.

Bledel, who got engaged to Kartheiser in March, has visited Minnesota with her fiance, appearing at such functions as the Guthrie's 50th anniversary celebration in June.

Kartheiser remained tight-lipped about his engagement to Bledel in local media interviews when he was here playing Mr. Darcy in the Guthrie's production of "Pride and Prejudice."

Bledel isn't the only person caught up in the "50 Shades" squabble to have a Minnesota connection.

Dakota Johnson, the daughter of the actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, is also the granddaughter of Griffith's mom, New Ulm native Tippi Hedren.

Next Up

49537002706_c37a6f6e56_k (1)

Joe Biden announces visit to Minnesota on Friday

He will hold a 'drive-in' event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Minnesota's COVID-19 hospitalizations increase by 27.5% in 24 hours

Bring Me The News confirmed that the dramatic increase is not a numbers error.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

aldi grocery store

Aldi is opening its first store in Winona next month

The new store is part of Aldi's $5 billion expansion across the U.S.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

COVID-19: Minnesota planning rapid testing for young adults

Health officials are in the planning stages of launching a rapid testing option for 18 to 35 year olds.

grocery shopping

Money Gal Coaching: 15 money-saving tips you should consider

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


Coller: What's left to watch for Vikings fans?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

trick-or-treating, Halloween

Traditional trick-of-treating a no-no, but MDH say there are ways to make it safer

There are safer ways to do trick-or-treating than going door-to-door, health officials say.