Welp, it looks like all of you Sons of Anarchy fans who were all excited that hottie Charlie Hunnam would be starring in the much-ballyhooed film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey are going to be disappointed because today we learn that Hunnam has decided to QUIT the movie altogether. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Charlie got a little freaked out by all of the attention generated by his casting and he got “cold feet”. As a result, Charlie quit the movie … leaving the lead role open for a new actor. Wow.
Charlie Hunnam is exiting Fifty Shades of Grey. “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,” Universal Pictures said in a statement. The Sons of Anarchy actor was set to star as Christian Grey alongside Dakota Johnson in the adaptation of E L James bestselling book. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is directing the film. Sons of Anarchy ‘s production was to end Oct. 21. The production on Fifty Shades was set to start in Vancouver first in November. Two sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Hunnam, 33, was overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project. Universal was forced to hire bodyguards for the actor at a recent Sons of Anarchy premiere, where questions about Fifty Shades dominated the red carpet. The sources caution that Hunnam had no reservation about the role of Christian Grey, just the media and fan frenzy that came along with it, especially as he was transitioning from Sons to Fifty Shades so quickly. Hunnam’s exit leaves Universal and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti in a very tough position. The studio has set an Aug 1, 2014 release date for the film, and any delays in the production schedule could imperil that release date.
50 Shades author E.L. James had this to say about Charlie‘s exit:
I wish Charlie all the best. x
Since I don’t have a vested interest in this movie at all, I’m not really affected by this news. I will say that I was great intrigued by Hunnam‘s casting and that alone piqued my interest enough to make me curious about the movie. I honestly cannot believe that any actor would give up a choice role like this in such a hugely anticipated movie but, then again, all one has to do is look at how miserable Robert Pattinson looks on an every day basis to realize that fame and fortune comes at a high personal price. And now … the search begins for the man who will secure the 50 Shades lead. I’m assuming the runner up actors are being courted right now. We should know soon who will become the new Christian Grey. Who would YOU like to see in the role? What do you make of Charlie‘s exit? Are you happy or … bummed?