Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
According to Deadline, the 33-year has dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie due to scheduling conflicts and the hunt for an actor to play Christian Grey has re-commenced.
Scheduling conflicts are unlikely the reason for the studio’s decision to recast based on the enormous backlash Hunnam’s casting created.
Author E.L. James took to Twitter on Charlie Hunnam’s departure:
I wish Charlie all the best. x
— E L James (@E_L_James) October 12, 2013
Who will replace Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey? Oddsmakers and fans have pegged Matt Bomer to replace him while other candidates include Cilian Murphy, Ian Somerhalder, Alexander Skarsgard and Chace Crawford.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to start filming in Vancouver this November and the role of Anastasia Steele will be played by Dakota Johnson.
The film’s two lead roles have been highly difficult to cast. Many stars rejected the roles, likely due to the toxic nature of the erotic roles, including Emma Watson, Ryan Gosling, Garrett Hedlund and Shailene Woodley.
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