Looks like Fifty Shades of Grey fans will have to wait just a bit longer for the film adaptation to be released, after lead actor Hunnam, has decided to pull out of playing Christian Grey.
Universal studios and Author E. L James, have now both confirmed Hunnam’s departure and citing his current work schedule on “Sons of Anarchy” as the main reason. In a statement, the studio states that “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” Last month, Charlie Hunnam has stated that he originally turned down the role due to “timing issues”.
While speculations are still flying high on the internet as to the “real” reason the Pacific Rim star has quit the role. One thing is certain, fans of the books now have their hopes up again of possibly getting fan favourites such as Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Alexander Skarsgard and Jensen Ackles running for the role.
In the past, E.L James has quashed rumours of Bomer playing Grey, and recently Somerhalder confirmed that he was never officially offered the role at all, much to the disappointment of fans. It will be interesting to see if the film makers will give in to the fans and cast one of their favourites this time.
While no date has been given to find a replacement, studios will no doubt be in a hurry to get a replacement actor to keep the momentum up and stay close to the original August 2014 release date.
Stay tuned for future Fifty Shades of Grey news.