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