CHARLIE HUNNAM Charlie Hunnam Drops Out Of Fifty Shades Of Grey

Universal Pictures and Focus Features send word that Charlie Hunnam will no longer play Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ The studio said in a statement, “The filmmakers of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule (Sons Of Anarchy) which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.” He was set to star opposite Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Ehle. Expect more about this shortly.

The film, which will be released on August 1st, 2014, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (‘Nowhere Boy’) and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” explore the couple’s deepening relationship.