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Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Lead Role

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October 12, 2013
Source: Deadline

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Surprising news regarding the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation in the works at Universal. Casting on the E.L. James adaptation finally came together in early September, with up-and-comers Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam set for the two lead roles in the sexual drama. However, it's now being officially reported that Charlie Hunnam, last seen in Pacific Rim this summer, has dropped out of the main role playing billionaire Christian Grey. Johnson is still set to star as Anastasia Steele, but this leaves the male lead still open for grabs. Rumors that the pressure was just too much for Hunnam have started to circulate, though the studio released an official note claiming scheduling problems as the reason for his departure. See below.

"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 Features are still planning to release the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (of Nowhere Boy), on August 1st, 2014 next summer, which is currently the same day Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is set to arrive. Based on the bestselling erotic novel by E.L. James, the film is produced by Dana Brunetti & Michael De Luca, with casting finishing up before shooting begins this year. Taylor-Johnson will take on the task of directing the immensely sexual story of the relationship between 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and literary college student Anastasia Steele. We'll continue to keep an eye on this project, and we're very curious to find out who they replace Hunnam with. Stay tuned.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Thanks Gawd.
  • cuckoozey
    Guess he finally read the book.
    • cobrazombie
      I couldn't make it more than ten pages before giving up. Juvenile erotica crap.
  • BinaryChaos
    yeah right...
  • rolyjimenez
    I'm so grateful that he dropped out of this. He is better than that
  • fazha
    Good for him. I have a feeling this role, no matter how big the movie is, will be career death.
    • rolyjimenez
      Couldn't agree more
    • Ayotunde Afolabi
      Amen. It'd be a totally different prospect if the source material (however explicit) was actually good. But imho, it isn't. Hunnam's been at least good in everything I've seen him in, he deserves ALOT better... To be fair, most actors would deserve a lot better.
  • Jesse Bangerter
    I swear to god if I wake up tomorrow and this queef's picture is still at the top of the screen I'm going to be pissed, I mean can't they just update the site on a sunday one time so we don't have to deal with some lame reminder that there is nothing new on a sunday?
    • Bl00dwerK
      I take it when you do wake up it will be on the wrong side of the bed...
    • rolyjimenez
      Someone is bitter
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    I'd prefer if he would go fishing again.
  • JudgeMethos
    Aw, man. These cougars are gonna be pissed I'd presume. Oh well, on to better movie news...
  • dandassow
    Alex, I was wondering when this "news" would appear on your site. In case anyone is interested, IMDb is conducting a poll on his replacement: http://www.imdb.com/poll/9nex33ePA9M/
  • Nielsen700
    Good on him. Fuck that movie.

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