Charlie Hunnam quits Fifty Shades Of Grey
Was the sizeable attention the role was receiving the reason that Charlie Hunnam quit the movie take on Fifty Shades Of Grey?
With its origins in Twilight fan fiction, the Fifty Shades Of Grey books became, as you probably well know, something of a publishing phenomenon. Selling seemingly squillions of copies, they brought good, solid, dirty bonking to the mainstream, to the point where Universal snapped up the movie rights, and subsequently announced an August 1st 2014 release date.
The film's to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Charlie Hunnam was to star alongside Dakota Johnson. But the actor, currently hard at work filming the final season of Sons Of Anarchy, has officially dropped out of the movie. A statement from Universal Pictures put the reason down to his "immersive TV schedule".
However, The Hollywood Reporter has a different spin on the tale, quoting sources suggesting that the actor "was overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project".
It gives the film a pressing problem, given that production on Fifty Shades Of Grey is set to begin in Vancouver at the start of November. If a replacement for Hunnam isn't found quickly, that August 1st release date - currently shared with Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy - is likely to be postponed.
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