‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Replacing Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Replacing Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey

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The actor was unable to resolve scheduling conflicts, according to Universal

Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the erotic thriller, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Universal Pictures and Focus Features unexpectedly announced on Saturday.

“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,” Universal and Focus said in a joint statement.

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The loss of Hunnam poses a serious problem for one of Universal's most high profile projects, based on the hit erotic series of novels, which had been expected to lead to potential franchise for the studio's specialty arm. Hunnam is a lead character on “Sons of Anarchy,” the FX drama.

Dakota Johnson has been cast as Anastasia, while Hunnam was to play kinky billionaire Christian Grey.

As TheWrap reported earlier, Jennifer Ehle has been offered the role of Carla, a strong Southern woman who is used to being pursued by men, seeing as how she’s on her fourth husband.

Also read: Inside Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson’s ’50 Shades of Grey’ Casting: Chemistry Tests to the Dotted Line

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the film from a script by Kelly Marcel, who adapted E L James’ erotic novel. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie, which hits theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

  • Mary

    He should be penalized…that's so unprofessional

    • Tim Tutter

      Maybe he actually read the book.

  • greaser1977

    that's a lot of crap…….tell me he couldn't work that out ,,,with a TV show…on cable…for a MAJOR MOTION PICUTRE WITH 3 PIC DEAL???????

  • kacy50

    They apparently worked out scheduling so he COULD accept the role. What happened? If only it was DAKOTA and not Charlie. Ugh.

  • Adriane Battie Williams Anders

    I AM SO DISSAPOINTED!!!! I only watched Sons of A to get to know HIM!!!! OMG I've fallen in love with HIM and now you say HE WONT BE MY CHRISTAIN!!!!

    • Gerard Kennelly

      see him in COLD MOUNTAIN
      and DEAD FALL eric bana olivia wilde

  • Lindsey

    I don't believe his schedule was too tied up. It must be from all the negative gossip about wanting someone else to play the part and signing a petition. I don't blame him for not pursuing… its an insult to any actor given the part. He looks like a fine enough person to me to have played the part. Very sad!!

  • Kaitlyn N

    IAN SOMERHALDER!!!

    • bluegirl222

      stop mentioning his Ian's name. are the producers and author really looking at him to be in the movie? i don't why people keep mentioning Gosling and Bomer over and over as a replacement. u know its gonna be another brit. get over it already

  • flower

    He initially turned down the role so there were red flags there. Thinking it had little to do with any petitions and more to do with the loss of privacy for an actor who leads a quiet and private life away from the camera's. People leaving underwear etc. for him, hiring extra security. Not his cup of tea and had the professionalism and integrity to say thanks but no thanks. He's a good actor and much better offers coming his way.

  • Tosyma

    I read somewhere that the script was so bad, so he does not want to ruin his career, or maybe he's avoiding to becoming Sam Taylor-Johnson's next hubby.

  • Dela

    The best would have been Stewart and Pattinson. What a team that would have been . oh,well one can dream can't one.

    • Maria

      I agree with you, their both on-screen & off-screen chemistry is soooooo hot & sizzling, but I don't think Dakota will be replaced too, if she is, I would love to see Kristen as Ana, she'll rock.

  • maria

    yay!!! Now I hope they'll take Matt Bomer as Christian, I really, really really want Matt as Christian, he's my favorite actor, please Sam Taylor-Johnson, please take Matt

  • Julie

    Poorr charlie poor team 50 who will it be now matbe next time team 50 will listern to the fans who have read the book it just sounds like charlie was forced to be in this movie when he wasn't sure and i guess the back lash has been hard as much as i would love to see matt or ian or henry it probably will never happen so because they are doing there own projects and never considered good luck team 50

  • Mike

    Not a surprise. Supposedly they wouldn't let him read more than a few pages from the script until he signed on. It must be really bad. I wonder if Pattinson will sign on? Wasn't EL James at some party he threw a while ago, and that spurred some talk of him taking the part.

    • David

      No. It's a fan fiction of Pattinson as Edward in Twilight, and he knows this. E. L. James wanted Pattinson as Grey, but he turned it down a long time ago. Don't blame him. It's creepy.

  • lgs

    I do not know who Matt Bomer is. So I checked out his pic and he would be an excellent Christian. He looks like what I thought Christian would look like.
    I feel bad for Charlie. I still did not think he fit the part looks wise however, Charlie has the acting chops for the part :)

  • Colleen Shaffer

    I would actually watch this if they got Benedict Cumberbatch

  • Anwenn

    I would really like to see Alexander Skarsgard as Christian Grey. He's got the looks and he can act too. I also don't see a major studio making a hard core porn version of the books. I expect the films will be done like 9 1/2 Weeks with Mickey Roarke.