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by Paula Bernstein
October 12, 2013 3:06 PM
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Charlie Hunnam Falls Out of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Charlie Hunnam in "Pacific Rim"

Charlie Hunnam is out of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced in a statement today.

“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," read the statement from Universal Pictures and Focus Features.

Hunnam is currently starring in FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and was set to star as Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Since the producers knew of his TV schedule when he was cast, it's likely there's more to the story.

Dakota Johnson has been cast as the female lead in the anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James literary phenomenon. The trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release, and has to date sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

The erotic books (which originated as fan fiction for the "Twilight" series) follow the relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and young businessman Christian Grey. When Hunnam was cast as Christian Grey, some diehard fans of the book protested the news. No doubt, they will have strong opinions about who the producers should cast as his replacement.

The Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed film will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014. Production was set to begin later this month.


  • sheree | October 13, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    He dropped out of a porn. Good for him. This book doesn't need to be a movie.

  • IP | October 12, 2013 8:25 PMReply

    Maybe it's actually because he realised that while there's nothing wrong with safe, sane, consensual BDSM, 50 Shades is about abuse and Stockholm syndrome. Not that most people who have read it are intelligent enough or informed enough about BDSM or Dd to know that. Or the people making the movie for that matter.

  • crystal | October 13, 2013 2:01 AM

    sorry book not buck half asleep lol

  • Crystal | October 13, 2013 1:59 AM

    I am in a dd relationship and I didn't find the 50 shades trilogy to be about abuse, actually I feel that miss steel was a brat and brated out a lot, I felt like she needed a good spanking but was in denial.. That's my real life view on it however we are talking about a book.. The miss steel charter was not forced to stay with Christian grey she choose to and she seemed to get a thrill from pushing his buttons... now there is a book by anne rice that was inspired by 50 shadys of grey that buck is real abuse and not at all like 50 shades.. you should look that up

  • tony | October 12, 2013 4:09 PMReply

    How about Christian Slater?