It looks as if the search for the perfect Christian Grey is back on. Multiple sources, including the author of the book series, are reporting that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the film about a young millionaire with a well hidden kinky side.
Fifty Shades author E.L. James took to Twitter to express her thoughts on the move.
I wish Charlie all the best. x
— E L James (@E_L_James) October 12, 2013
There were mixed reactions when Hunnam was original cast in the role. While the female fans of Sons were ecstatic about the move, others felt that actors like The Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder or White Collar’s Matt Bomer would be better “suited” for the position.
All three of these actors have been in steamy rolls while still being able to mix it up on the darker side of things.
According to Deadline, Universal Studios released the following statement regarding the change.
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.”
This will once again open the door for speculation about who the next person to pilot “Charlie Tango” will be. Last time, the rumor mill ran rampant for months with speculation of who would fill the designer shows of Mr. Grey.
The only difference this time is that the studio will be challenged with someone who will work well alongside Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who has been brought on to fill the role of Christian’s love interest Anastasia Steele.
Who do you think would serve well as a replacement for Charlie Hunnam? Do you think someone like Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer will be called upon to take over the reins of Christian Grey? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you think.