Oct 12 2013 4:06pm

Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of Fifty Shades of Grey

Charlie HunnamCiting the Sons of Anarchy production schedule, Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, because he would not have time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.

The Hollywood Reporter cites two sources who say that Hunnam was “overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project.”

That leaves Dakota Johnson (previously cast as Ana Steele) without a costar for the movie, which has an August 1, 2014, scheduled release date. And now the frenzy can begin anew—who will replace Hunnam as Christian Grey?

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Lori K
1. LoriK
I seriously doubt that Hunnam's cold feet were about the projects high profile, and it certainly wasn't about his SoA shooting schedule. I suspect it had a lot more to do with how people reacted. Between the fans who thought he was all wrong for the role and virtually everyone else whose response was basically, "Is he nuts?" it must have seemed like the film was going to end up as a career negative.

It'll be interesting to see who they get now that the guy who was offered the role twice is definitely out.
Nicole Leapheart
2. BoxyFrown
I think a lot of men have walked away from this movie-we know they have courted a few, like Ian Somerhalder and Stephen Amell, but were turned down. They are going to have to get an unknown...and the rebid fanbase is going to have to chill before there isn't going to be a movie worth watching. I'm bummed, but relieved-I personally think CH is better than this movie is going to be.
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
I agree with you guys--I think Charlie's dropping out had far more to do with the fact that the end result was likely to be a career-breaker, rather than a booster, and he seems to be on the uptick with SOA, so why mess that up? I still think Ian S. would be great, I didn't realize he'd turned it down; I'd thought E.L. didn't see him as Christian.
Lege Artis
4. LegeArtis
Thank God, Charlie saw the light.
"Overwhelmed"? "Cold feet"? I can't believe this. I was one of those fans who thought he is too good of an actor to play in this movie and if you ask me, this movie is starting to look more like a disaster waiting to happen... Many actors decline the role and I wonder how much of that has to do with actual script.
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