Search is Back on for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ as Charlie Hunnam Backs out

Charlie Hunnam Backs Out of Fifty Shades of Grey

The search is once again back on to cast one of the pivotal roles in the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey as actor Charlie Hunnam backs out of production.  And it appears as though the women of America already have their collective panties in a twist.

Hunnam, the star of popular FX series Sons of Anarchy is cited with having conflicts with the show’s shooting schedule.  Seems like a legit reason.

In a joint statement released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Hunnam have both agreed that finding another male lead is necessary given Hunnam’s extremely busy TV schedule and it is not going to allow him time to immerse himself in the role of Christian Grey.  Meaning, he won’t have time to learn all about whips, chains, and flying helicopters.

For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the past year, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel written by Author, E.L. James.  The book itself was based on Twilight fan fiction and was the object of many a housewife’s fantasy.  A handsome, young billionaire meets a clumsy college student, Anastasia Steele, and proceeds to introduce her to the world of dominant/submissive relationships.  Many women were intrigued by the description of Grey, curly copper hair, body of a Greek God, piercing grey eyes.  Throw in the fact that he lavished money and attention on his hapless victim, I mean, girlfriend, and the mommies instantly fell in lust.  The book itself fell a little flat in the content department, but that’s not what had everyone hooked.  They wanted to see this Christian Grey in real life.  Meet him, if they could.  The first book led to two more, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, both of which were just as steamy as the first.

The role itself has been talked about for over a year now.  Ever since it was announced that a film version of the popular book series was in the works.  Women (and some men) far and wide wasted no time in coming forth with the names of the Hollywood men they found suitable for the role.  An early recommendation, Ian Somerhalder, may have similar issues with Hunnam, as he is tied in (see what I did there?) to The Vampire Diaries, now in its fifth season.  Other popular names such as Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, and Jake Gyllenhall may have too much Hollywood clout to consider such a tricky role.

With Hunnam pulling out, as it were, of the main role, and with Dakota Johnson all set to star as ingenue, Anastasia Steele, the search is back on to find Christian Grey.  If I were Ian Somerhalder I would clear my schedule for the next year.  But maybe that’s just my own personal fantasy.

By:  Mary Kay Love

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9 Responses to "Search is Back on for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ as Charlie Hunnam Backs out"

  1. Katie Laino   October 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Matt Bomer! Henry Cavill! Ian Somerhalder! Or Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott! I do not think anyone should petition against Dakota Johnson playing Ana. Just let her be. Alexis Biedel is so young she would never consider such an explicit, tricky movie with any nudity.

  2. Amy bush   October 13, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Charlie would have been perfect for this movie. I was not even interested in reading Fifty shades until it was announced that he would be Christian. Tom Hardy would be good choice but still wouldn’t be Charlie!!!!

  3. Amles   October 13, 2013 at 1:42 am

    They won’t find a good actor like the one charlie was. No actor with a good reputation and a set of skills will take the job, its just too risky. I was really suprised that charlie took the rolle in the first place. His skills and his ability to showcase deeper emotions in whatever situation could have saved this movie.

  4. Jessica   October 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I didn’t read the book. “Laters baby” — ?? kinda makes me wanna barf! Charlie Hunnam is hot, but never seemed like he’d be the right one. I think Ian Somerhalder would be a good choice!

  5. Bonnie   October 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’m with you Liz.

  6. Kay T.   October 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Great article – love the writing. Sorry Charlie. Okay, I’m not really sorry. We need the perfect guy for this role.

  7. Liz   October 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Please take Dakota with you!

    • Karynne Summars   October 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

      I totally agree with Liz and Amles. I believe Ian Somerhalder would be a good choice. He has the looks and the edge this character needs. Let’s see what happens next and wasn’t there an uproar about the female cast, too?

  8. Bonnie   October 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Lol. That was a humorous article. Thanks for that. And please let it be Ian!


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