Sorry, ladies. It’s officially confirmed that Charlie Hunnam, who recently appeared in this summer’s Pacific Rim, has dropped out of playing the role of billionaire Christian Grey in the anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. As you may recall, it was announced early last month that Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast in the two lead roles. Johnson is still attached to play Anastasia Steele in the adaptation, which will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy).
Rumors have been circulating that Hunnam reportedly couldn’t handle the pressure from fans of the novel bombarding him with questions. Universal has recently released a statement declaring that scheduling conflicts with Sons of Anarchy have caused Hunnam to drop out of the film:
“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.”
Universal and Focus Features will be rushing quickly to find a replacement as they still plan on releasing the film on August 1st, 2014. For those of you who are unaware of the novel (I mean, come on, how can you be?), Fifty Shades of Grey on the sexual relationship between literary college student Anastasia Steele and 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey. Make sure to check back for more updates as they come our way.