Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie
The bombshell was announced this afternoon (Oct. 12) in a joint statement (via Us Weekly) from Universal Pictures and Focus Features.
“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.”
Hunnam was announced as the hunky, S&M-hungry leading man just a month ago, leading fans to petition for Bomer to nab the role. However, it looks like his conflicting ‘Sons of Anarchy’ schedule got in the way of filming. Or, you know, maybe it was the angry, horndog housewives who kept showing up with copies of the book wherever he went.
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book author E.L. James commented — just barely — on the dropout on Twitter:
I wish Charlie all the best. x
— E L James (@E_L_James) October 12, 2013
No official word has been released yet from Hunnam, but it looks like co-star Dakota Johnson is sticking around as Anastasia Steele in the series. Probably because, well, did you hear of her before this?