Charlie Hunnam steps down from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ role

by Martin

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Charlie Hunnam had recently been cast in the movie adaption of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book by EL James with is due to be released next year. Alongside Hunnam was Dakota Johnson who would be acting alongside him.

However, news just breaking is that Charlie Hunnam will no longer be taking on the role of Christian Grey in the forthcoming movie adaption.

Universal, the studio behind the film released a statement saying that Charlie Hunnam had dropped out of the highly anticipated movie because of various conflicts in shooting between the movie and his role on FX series ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

It was only last month that Hunnam and Johnson were revealed as the actors taking on the roles – much to the dismay of fans of the book around the world.

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Fans of the book even went as far as creating an online petition to have someone else cast as the role of Christian Grey.

In the statement released by Universal earlier today they said:

“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,”

It now leaves Universal and Focus the job of finding a replacement if the movie wants to continue as planned as we can only imagine they have an extremely tight schedule.

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There is also a major exec shakeup in Focus with leader James Schamus leaving and Peter Schlessel joining the team.

We do imagine that there will be some delay in production now but it all depends on how quickly the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ team move.

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