Many “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie fans were no doubt shocked this weekend to discover that Charlie Hunnam has dropped his title role as Christian Grey, and new casting for the illustrious male lead in the movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will once again begin. ABC News reports this Saturday, Oct. 12, that due to Hunnam’s tough and busy TV schedule, he is gone from the film, effectively out of the casting as Grey.
This breakthrough news was met with some rejoicing from some fans who did not see Charlie Hunnam as their ideal Christian Grey, and some understandable sadness from others, who felt that the film had finally found its main leads. According to Universal Pictures and Focus Features, a statement was released that Hunnam’s immersive television schedule would not give him the time to properly fulfill the work required to play Christian on the silver screen.
“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.”
The 33-year-old Charlie Hunnam is best known for his star role on the FX show, “Sons of Anarchy.”
EL James, while no doubt affected at least somewhat at Hunnam being gone from “Fifty Shades of Grey,” let her inner goddess shine by saying that she wishes only the best for Hunnam in his career, and seems to understand that his busy schedule (rather than say, the risqué material or initial lack of fan support) was the source of him being out of the coveted “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie role.
“I wish Charlie all the best. Xo,” James took to Twitter to share with her fans today.
The hotly anticipated film is set to open the first of August 2014, so it’s very clear that production and filming on the movie will need to start soon in order to get the movie completed by that time (much less than a year away, now). It’s likely that we will have our Christian Grey within the next few weeks, so while casting speculation may once again begin, that means that everyone from Ian Somerhalder (Matt Bomer, despite his still-favorite status, seems an unlikely choice at this point) to Alexander Skarsgard and Henry Cavill (as well as the very possible darkhorse contenders) may still have a chance at playing the sexy CEO.
Dakota Johnson will still be starring as lead Anastasia Steele.
Who do you think will star as the new Christian Grey for the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie? Please offer your response to this breakthrough news of Charlie Hunnam, whom many had come to accept and look forward to as Christian, being gone from the film and a new male lead entering the casting arena?