Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Development on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been a point of fascination, if only due to sheer curiosity about who, exactly, would agree to play virgin college student Anastasia Steele and her… ahem… extremely-troubled older lover Christian Grey in the film. The guessing game seemingly came to an end last month, when model-turned actress Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) and the Sons of Anarchy heartthrob Charlie Hunnam were officially set to headline the steamy pop literature adaptation.

However, with less than a month left until principal photography was (is?) slated to begin on the movie, Hunnam has backed out; meaning, the role of Mr. Grey is now available for another hunky 20-something actor to slide into (but possibly not for long, if Universal wants to keep to its planned filming start date and the currently-scheduled Summer 2014 release date).

As mentioned in the report from Variety, there was many a Fifty Shades of Grey who was vocal about their dissatisfaction with the casting of Hunnam; enough that, in fact, producer Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips) responded to the outcry via social media (following the launch of a petition against the casting that garnered tens of thousands of signatures). That said, the official reason given for Hunnam’s departure concerns his ongoing TV responsibilities to Sons of Anarchy.

Here is an official statement, issued by Universal:

“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’s also worth noting that Hunnam is preparing for a reunion with his Pacific Rim director, Guillermo del Toro, on the latter’s upcoming haunted house throwback feature, Crimson Peak (which is scheduled to begin production in the first quarter of 2014). In other words, although we cannot rule out the chance that Hunnam had second thoughts about starring in such a controversial project as Fifty Shades of Grey, he does have a lot on his plate right now – enough for Hunnam to be justified in dropping out for that reason, anyway.

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So who, then, is a reasonable (in terms of availability, that is) candidate to replace Hunnam as Christina Grey? Well, Arrow lead actor Stephen Amell confirmed that he auditioned for the role earlier this year, but he – like Hunnam – has ongoing TV show responsibilities that could prevent him from coming aboard. Meanwhile, there’s the fan-preferred casting choice of Matt Bomer (White Collar), in addition to Alex Pettyfer – who reportedly starred in a test scene that Gus Van Sant filmed, back when the latter had made a pitch for the director’s job on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie (though, Pettyfer is since reported to have auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII).

It’ll be interesting to see who does, in fact, end up replacing Hunnam on Fifty Shades of Grey, what with respectable talent like Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel and Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor-Johnson calling the shots. Fans of E.L. James’ Twilight-inspired best-selling novel: now’s your chance to sound off in the comments section and give a shout-out for your dream candidate to play Christian Grey.


Fifty Shades of Grey is currently scheduled to open in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Variety

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  1. He finally read the book.

  2. He saw the script

  3. He saved his career and now he can be the Flash.

    • +1,000

    • No he’s Aquaman

      • No, Liam McIntyre is Aquaman. The man has the Spartacus training already, so he would be set.

        • I still say Kaiwei Lyman is Aquaman. David Lyons is The Flash and Todd Lasance is Green Arrow too in my dream casting.

          • I do love Todd Lasance.. He would make a good Green Arrow. Charlie Hunnam to me would be the better Flash, with Liam McIntyre as Aquaman.

            That would be a badass new set of Dudes.

      • No, Vincent Chase is Aquaman

        • Took the words out of my mouth lol

  4. well done Jackson

  5. The real reason isn’t because of fan pressure or that he had a lot to do. It’s because he finally read the book.

  6. Finally, Hunnam has come to his senses!! Honestly feared for his career as this would of surely ruined it.

  7. This is good news. He finally read the script. *slow clap*

  8. YESSSSSSS. He doesn’t need that crap, hell yes!

  9. Good for you charlie ! Your to good for a cheap skinamax movie , maybe you could try out for ANTMAN or a member of the future JLA movie ?

  10. Funny how “he doesn’t need that crap” yet he started his career in an explicit drama written by Russell T Davis about the sex lives of gay men in Queer As Folk that had a lot of graphic scenes.

    I find the 50 Shades books to be horrendously written too but lets face it, the woman working on the script may have somehow polished that turd and it’s not like he hasn’t done shocking sex scenes on screen before.

    Anyway, hopefully it continues to be delayed due to this and the film never sees the light of day, not just because of the crap source material but also the deluge of ripoffs and cash-in movies we’d see in the wake of its release.

    • well said that man

    • Crap as in a horrible story. Explicit scenes and nudity has nothing to do with it, Jesus Christ I always have to explain myself on this website

      • I have noticed that, I haven’t been on here long but people do jump down your throat at the slightest comment. That and people don’t read your comment properly as there in too much of a rush to put put you down?

      • That’s why I mentioned the screenwriter polishing a turd and why I’ve been saying for years that EL James is a hack who can’t write whatsoever.

    • The problem is not with the sex or that the book is horribly written. The very essence of the relationship of the characters is abuse. And it’s glorified into romance, just like in Twilight.

      The story makes it seem like the horrible things he does to that girl (without her consent) are romantic. It appears to show a BDSM relationship, but it’s not. It’s not safe, sane or consensual.

      It’s an older guy taking advantage or a young blushing virgin, who doesn’t no better, so he allows him to do whatever he does. That’s a toxic and dangerous affair and no sane person ever should make it look like it’s romantic.

      This s***** book is not a love story, it’s a story of abuse a guy being on a power trip and how the woman in the relationship is too naive to see what is being done to her.

      It’s frankly, disgusting. And too many young girls will read it (like with Twilight) and think that the abusive jerks they date are “secretly sweet” or will “turn better”.

      That’s my two cents.

      • Have you actually read the book(s)? Christian is all of 5-7 years older than Anna and she totally has a say so in everything that goes down in their relationship. This book is not much different than the Harlequin romance novels I used to read when I was 12 years-old. I have no idea why it has created such a stir.

        • This book has absolutely no reflection on a true BDSM relationship or lifestyle. The majority of us who live the lifestyle will tell anyone who asks that most of the stuff in these books IS considered abusive. It is not romantic, cool, fun, caring, sexy, any of that. It is cruel and abusive to it’s core. It gives a horrible misrepresentation of the alternative lifestyle and is harmful to anyone who reads this and feels the desire to attempt it. So unless you LIVE the life, people should not comment on the validity or appropriateness of the books.

      • To be honest, the stuff written in the books is tame compared to the fan mail I saw when I “worked” at Dave Bautista’s message boards. The owner of the site told me about some of the stuff being sent in and it made 50 Shades seem tame in comparison.

        Pretty disgusting actually.

        I guess it’s just the fantasy we all have as humans that we’ll find someone to fall in love with and have a sense of giving control to that other person as far as ruling our hearts and giving our souls to that other person, it’s just that these books take that to a physical extreme rather than being one of spiritual dominance.

    • Queer as Folk was well written and acted. Haven’t read 50 Shades and the only reason for me doing so left the project. No reason to now. It’s not my kind of theme, but I would have watched the movie to see Charlie.

  11. Wow for real? And there I was thinking I’d watched this movie if only just to see him. Oh well, better save my money for another movie then XD

  12. I don’t have an emotional connection to the original actor but I would hate to see anyone star in this and pull another Robert Pattinson. That poor soul.

    I’ll be interested to hear if they added an actual plot to this movie rather than the sex scene after sex scene that the book consists of.

    • Simple: The movie should not be made at all. Then no actor will suffer.

  13. He just saved his career by dropping out of this turd

  14. Well, done Charlie. The best thing you could have done for your career. You bet Robert Pattinson wishes he would have walked away. XD

  15. They didn’t discuss this ahead of time? Having to do SOA didn’t come out of thin air.

  16. Must be some other reason he pulled out. I have never watched SOA but have heard some good things about it, thing I cant get over is this guy is a terrible actor in everything I have seen him in from Queer as Folk to Green Street (WTF that accent was supposed to be) to Pacific Rim more bad acting and yes another awful accent! I even saw him interviewed and his accent was all over the place?

    • It’s funny you mention that considering that’s his real accent.

      • In the interview? yes I know that’s his real accent but he never used to sound like that. Obviously living in America and using different accents for different roles has obviously changed the way he sounds which is all over the place!

  17. And I really don’t think Robert Pattinson thinks of Twilight as a bullet he could have dodged, the guy earn t millions from it, made him a global movie star and gave him the chance to work with Cronenberg (wasn’t his fault it was a flop) But yeah if he could go back and do it again he would have staid on the Isle of White and become a fisherman?

    • That’s the thing, Harry Potter was a springboard and Twilight made him a star. Sure, he hates Twilight but it reminds me of an old Jack Dee one liner when someone asked him at a show if he liked the brand of beer he helped promote by appearing in their commercials.

      His response was “I walk around my brand new house and think ‘I f’ing LOVE that beer'”.

      • I didn’t know he was in Harry Potter, I still haven’t seen any of them. I take it he was only in 1 or 2?

        • He was Cedric in 4… pretty big role.

          • pretty big role? as I said I haven’t seen them so how would I know?

  18. I know Stephen Arnel read the book and backed out. Oh and Christian Grey is 28 and she is like 22 or 23. There really is no plot except sex all the time, often questionable on abusive, bahavior physically & mentally. And i don’t mean the lifestyle, he is extremely manipulative. It’s porn the movie will never be made by any actor who does not want to destroy his career.