Universal Pictures and Focus Features, in a joint statement, announced on Saturday:
“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.”
Hunnam, known for his role in the Guillermo del Toro directed Sci-fi movie “Pacific Rim,” won the coveted role of Grey in September. The 33-year-old had withdrawn from the film due to conflicts with the schedule of his TV series “Sons of Anarchy.”
There’s a strong buzz that TV actors Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) and Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”) are top contenders as Hunnam’s replacement for the role.
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