Anyone looking forward to seeing Charlie Hunnam exploring all fifty shades of grey will be disappointed this week.
Universal Pictures announced Saturday that they will be seeking a new male lead for the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, as Hunnam has dropped out.
Blaming his “immersive TV schedule” in a statement, Universal Pictures said that the decision was made because Hunnam would not have enough time to “adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
The “Sons of Anarchy” actor, who also starred in “Pacific Rim” this summer, had faced backlash from fans of the books when casting was announced.
“I know that on the surface, I’m probably not what everybody imagined,” Hunnam told Entertainment Weekly, “That’s daunting if I allowed myself to think about it too much.”
E. L. James, author of the series, tweeted: “I wish Charlie all the best. x”
Now Dakota Johnson will have to wait to see who her co-star will be, and the speculation over who can step into the role has already begun.
Filming was originally planned to begin in November, with the release set for August 1 2014. Whether that date will change is unclear.