Charlie Hunnam out of Fifty Shades of Grey, back to casting board
It seems that Charlie Hunnam has officially pulled out of Fifty Shades of Grey, the studio will now have to recast the role. There has been no word yet on who will replace Hunnam in the role of the dominating leading-man Christian Grey. As you can imagine there is no shortage of actors that wouldn’t mind stepping in to the part, the movie adaptation is expected to be one of the largest releases of 2014.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features said Saturday in a joint statement, “The filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.” Showing great form, the Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James Tweeted, “I wish Charlie all the best.”
It was just last September that producers announced that Hunnam would take on the role of Grey, at the same time it was announced that Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele. “We both suggested I do a reading with Dakota, who was her favorite,” Hunnam said in a statement after it was announced that he won the role. “As soon as we got in the room, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it. There’s just a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling.”