For those of us who thought Charlie Hunnam was the only checked box in the pro column for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the recursive Fifty Shades Of Gray… it’s back down to zero. Zero reasons to catch the movie when it finally hits.
Big casting news this summer was that Sons star Charlie Hunnam had gotten the perhaps coveted role of Christian Grey in the hotly anticipated fangirl favorite… and from a fan perspective, outside both fandoms, that’s definitely some bad boy typecasting right there. Hot biker to hot dominant? There goes Charlie Hunnam as a priest.
But the matchup wasn’t to be. Sure, Hunnam has the sexy accent and the sexy face and the sexy tallness and the sexy blonde hair, but the fans not feeling him and Christian got a new bit of hope when it was announced that Charlie had bounced from the FSoG project in early stages.
This also means we have to go through casting speculation and the anguished laments of a thousand fangirls all over again.
It turns out that also quite sexily, Hunnam had no problem going from bad boy biker to bad boy billionaire, and the content of FSoG was never in dispute. But the fandom? ‘Nother story.
Yes, Charlie was way too bothered by fangirls — not the kinky acts depicted in the script — to continue on as Christian Grey.
According to the Guardian, Hunnam was beseiged and already fed up with fangirlism — forcing him to step down and let another guy try to deal with a fate worse than Robert Pattinson’s. (We don’t half blame him.)
— Hey, Comrade (@SinsajoSetFire) October 13, 2013
“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 reservations 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.”
So… who should replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey? Any chance your favorite for the role will get a slot now, or do you think there’s already a fallback in place?