News

Charlie Hunnam backs out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Charlie Hunnam backs out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Charlie Hunnam stars in TV's "Sons of Anarchy." Photo: WENN

Actor Charlie Hunnam has quit the movie adaptation of bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.

The British star won the coveted role of Christian Grey in August and author E.L. James confirmed the news on 2 September, announcing Dakota Johnson would be playing his love interest, Anastasia Steele, in the film.

The Sons of Anarchy star has spent the past month chatting about the role and how excited he was to be playing Grey, but now James and the producers are looking for a new star.

A statement from movie executives at Universal Pictures on Saturday reads: “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.”

It appears James has no hard feelings about Hunnam’s departure – shortly after the statement was released, she tweeted, “I wish Charlie all the best.”

Hunnam initially turned down the role before changing his mind.

He previously said, “I went and read the first book to get a clearer idea of who this character was and felt even more excited about the prospect of bringing him to life… (But) there was a bit of a timing issue where I just wanted to ensure that I was going to have enough time to really do the preparation so I can bring this guy to life and do him justice.”

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson was reportedly set to begin shooting in November.

Recent Headlines

10 mins ago in Lifestyle

Honda, Mazda issue recalls

Fresh
honda

Honda Civics, Mazda SUVs, and Dirt Devil vacuums have all issued recalls this week.

21 mins ago in Entertainment

TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online

Fresh
hulu

Cord-cutters beware: You might have to wait longer for new TV.

1 hour ago in Music

Peter Cetera turns down Chicago Hall of Fame induction

Fresh
petercetera

Cetera quit the band in 1985 but fans were hoping for a reunion this spring.

2 hours ago in Entertainment

‘Orange is the New Black’ star sues NYC

Fresh
tarynmanning

Taryn Manning is suing the city of New York, accusing police officers of wrongfully arresting her in 2014.

2 hours ago in Entertainment, Sports

Super Bowl fans bet record $132.5 million at Nevada casinos

Fresh
Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning, center right, holds the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Denver were a 5-1/2-point underdog to top-seeded Carolina ahead of Sunday's game in Santa Clara, California, but used a ferocious defense to pull out a 24-10 victory.

Weather

condition Condition: Light snow
Temperature: 19°
High: 29° - Low: 22°