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