Book to Movie: Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey: Charlie Hunnam

Amid a ton of speculation, Universal has announced that Charlie Hunnam will no longer be playing the role of Christian Grey in the adaptation of EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. According to the statement issued by Universal, Hunnam is stepping out of the project because of his “immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”

Both Deadline and Variety have pointed out that any scheduling conflicts would most likely have been figured out prior to the earlier announcement last month that Hunnam had accepted the part of Grey in “Fifty Shades.”

Speculation runs deep as to why Hunnam has exited from the project. Was it cold feet over playing a role that would require a whole lot of nudity and some quite interesting sexual activities? Or the intense attention and celebrity status he’d get from playing the role?

Or perhaps it was the outraged fan reaction?

Apparently Fifty Shades fans reacted intensely to the casting of Hunnam as Christian Grey, some going so far as to put together a petition to get rid of the star. (And fans weren’t particularly pleased with the casting of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steel, either.) In an interview earlier this month with Entertainment Weekly, Hunnam said, “There are so many fans of that book and I know that on the surface, I’m probably not what everybody imagined.”

Topping off the list of actors fans would like to replace Hunnam as Christian Grey? Robert Pattison, Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. Pattison has already passed on the project, though.

It’s definitely all up in the air now. Universal may choose to replace Hunnam with a high-profile actor, or it may go for an unknown.  The film is currently scheduled to go into production next month, with an expected release date of August 1, 2014, so a decision would have to be made soon to avoid delay on the project!

Who do you think should play Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey” now that Charlie Hunnam is no longer in the picture? Let us know in the comments below!


3 responses to “Book to Movie: Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’”

  1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

    I agree – there must have been more to the story than scheduling conflicts. Maybe he didn’t want his life to be completely taken over by this casting for the next couple years – or possibly forever. I can’t think of Elizabeth Berkley without thinking of “Showgirls,” and that movie was made 18 years ago. It’ll haunt her the rest of her life. And I’m sorry I ever watched Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” What was I thinking?!

    I haven’t read the “Fifty Shades” book, but if the character has a bit of smarminess to him, I could see Ian Somerhalder in the role. If he’s more classy, maybe Robert Pattinson…?

    I don’t know, though, who could do the role and not have it overtake their entire career. Maybe James Franco? Because he’s done so many oddball things over the years. He’s not really identified with one role and couldn’t care less about taking his clothes off for a role. Shia LaBeouf had a big nude scene in recent years and that doesn’t seem to have overshadowed his work.

  2. Book to Movie: Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

  3. Universal’s on the hunt again for an actor to play Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie Who would YOU pick?

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