Last month, Charlie Hunnam signed on to star in Fifty Shades of Grey, ending months of speculation as to who would play young entrepreneur and BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey. Hunnam throws us back on the speculation carousel with today’s announcement that he is leaving the project. Here’s Universal’s statement:
“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.”
Production was slated to begin later this month for an August 1, 2014 release, so Universal will announce a replacement soon or push back production. Dakota Johnson is still on board to play Anastasia Steele alongside co-star Jennifer Ehle in Sam Taylor-Wood‘s adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Here’s the book synopsis:
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. [Amazon]