The "Fifty Shades of Grey" casting caused an Internet firestorm on Monday -- with fans labeling stars Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson "ugly," "too old" and "disappointing."

Well, the people behind the film heard you loud and clear and are defending the two actors they picked to front the S&M franchise.

Book writer E.L. James and producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca all took to Twitter to speak out against the backlash.

And it seems like James loves the "haters."

Brunetti was more vocal -- giving some reasons why fan favorites like Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and Ryan Gosling didn't make the cut.


As for De Luca, he tweeted that the duo's auditions were "stunning" and said they have "incredible chemistry."

And while there were a ton of negative fan tweets, there were also quite a few positive ones -- but none more proud than the one from Dakota's mom, actress Melanie Griffith. 


Are you still on the fence about the casting or has it settled in a bit more 24 hours later?

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