That was quick! Charlie Hunnam, the talented Sons of Anarchy star, has dropped out of the leading role in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The original excuse given was that his hectic filming schedule wasn’t allowing him to adequately prepare for the role. However, THR now has an updated report on what’s going on.
Sources tell THR the “Sons of Anarchy” actor was overwhelmed with the attention he received from the movie and got cold feet.
Charlie Hunnam is exiting Fifty Shades of Grey.
“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 Pictures said in a statement.
The Sons of Anarchy actor was set to star as Christian Grey alongside Dakota Johnson in the adaptation of E L James bestselling book. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is directing the film.
Two sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Hunnam, 33, was overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project. Universal was forced to hire bodyguards for the actor at a recent Sons of Anarchy premiere, where questions about Fifty Shades dominated the red carpet.
The sources caution that Hunnam had no reservation about the role of Christian Grey, just the media and fan frenzy that came along with it, especially as he was transitioning from Sons to Fifty Shades so quickly.