Big news today from one of next year's most anticipated adaptations: Universal has announced that due to scheduling conflicts with his television projects, Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of starring in Fifty Shades of Grey, leaving Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) in need of a new Christian Grey.
The official statement reads as follows: “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.”
No word yet on who will replace him, but considering many young male leads auditioned for the part, surely there must be a sharp good-looking dude to fill Grey's expensive shoes. We're curious to see if the studio takes notes from fans regarding criticisms that Hunnam received after he was chosen for the part. Will they go with a dark-haired guy this time, or maybe someone with a different Hollywood background? A Brit? An unknown? Me? I'll do it!
This could actually wind up being a good thing for the movie, though with a new star to be sought we're not sure whether they'll make the current August 1, 2014 release date. It may take a little bit of time to not only find a new leading man, but one whose chemistry with Johnson is electric enough to move forward.
So now... who should replace him?
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