Alexander Skarsgard and Jamie Dornan Eyed to Replace Charlie Hunnam in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; New Scribe Hired for Rewrites

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Universal and Focus Features’ adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is moving closer towards an August 2014 release date, but there are still many pieces of the puzzle to complete before filming can begin.  Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) lost her leading man in Charlie Hunnam over the weekend as the actor opted to depart the project, and now the search is on for a replacement.  THR reports that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and The Fall star Jamie Dornan are among the list of possible replacements, and the studio is also revisiting its previous list of candidates that includes Theo James (Divergent) and Christian Cooke (Magic City), though Garrett Hedlund is out of contention due to scheduling issues.

Hit the jump for more, including news regarding script rewrites.

Additionally, THR reports that Taylor-Johnson is bringing in Closer scribe Patrick Marber to do a polish on the screenplay, which was initially penned by Kelly Marcel.  Marber will apparently be doing “character work” on the script.  Dakota Johnson is still onboard as the film’s female lead, but a replacement for Hunnam needs to be locked soon or else the release date may have to be pushed.  Fifty Shades of Grey is currently slated to open August 1, 2014.

Here’s a synopsis for Fifty Shades of Grey:

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]

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  • John

    Ha! Skargard is perfect for this…. I foresee many True Blood fangirls (and,to be fair, fanboys) camping out a week ahead to see this.

  • Seannie5

    Any actor who takes this will be a laughing stock

  • Nomis1700

    Nice Skarsgard, first showing off your babymaker in True Blood and now in Fifty Shades :P

  • Grayden

    If they try to keep this as faithful to the book as possible, it will get NC-17. Or, they tone it way the hell down to an R-rating and cut everything the women want to see. It won’t be arthouse pronography like Triers’ ‘Nymphomaniac’, it’ll be trashy, late night Cinemax softcore with B-listers. I feel bad for anyone attached to this tripe. Hunnam’s got a brain.

  • Rjd12345

    I don’t really care about 50 Shades, but Dornan is absolutely incredible in the Fall. Whether he gets this or not, I hope he comes to the American screen soon.

  • The Flobbit

    50 shades of utter garbage. Stay 50 paces away, at all times.

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  • amy

    Like Christian Cooke best from the four candidates

  • SombreroMacReady

    This movie is such an obviously awful idea that I’ve surprisingly become really interested in what happens despite the dire source material. That being said, Dornan please, because look at him.

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