On Saturday, October 12 Entertainment Weekly broke the news that actor Charlie Hunnam will no longer play a leading role in the highly anticipated film "Fifty Shades of Grey," based on the novel of the same name by author E. L. James. The film is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014.
Hunnam was forced to drop out of playing the role of Christian Grey due to scheduling conflicts with filming "Sons of Anarchy," the FX drama in which Hunnam is a main character. The season six finale of the series began shooting this week and leaves little time for the actor to properly prepare for the film in time for shooting, which was expected to begin later this month.
Hunnam mentioned that he is not what fans probably envision as Christian and knew there would be black lash about the casting. The actor landed the role after reading with Dakota Johnson, who has been cast as Anastasia Steele. Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to direct the first film.
The movie is based on the first book in the best-selling romance trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James. Universal Pictures and Focus Features will produce the first film. James revealed via Twitter when Hunnam's casting was announced that several fan favorites for the role of Christian weren't even in the running for the part and no replacement has been announced.
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