The production of Fifty Shades of Grey has been thrown into turmoil with the exit of Charlie Hunnam, the first choice to play lead male role Christian Grey in the book to film adaptation.
The anticipation for Fifty Shades of Grey the movie is huge, and Hunnam’s resignation in early stages has caused immense speculation.
Scuttlebutt about the Fifty Shades of Grey shakeup seems to center around speculation that Charlie Hunnam — best known for his role as Jax on Sons Of Anarchy — feared being the “next Robert Pattinson” if he brought Grey to FSoG.
According to some sources, Hunnam was worried playing such a fan-beloved character would hamper his ability to move on and play other roles, and it could be argued that Pattinson has indeed had some difficulty or loss of demand after the wrap-up of Twilight.
Now many are speculating that Dakota Johnson, slated to play feminine lead Anastasia Steele, will drop out and follow Hunnam’s lead. (And of course, excited fangirls are also speculating that Matt Bomer will get a crack at the role — assuming Bomer doesn’t have the same reservations that reportedly pushed Hunnam out.)
That idea in part goes back to an earlier statement made by Hunnam about the decision to cast the pair as Steele and Grey:
“We both suggested I do a reading with Dakota, who was [director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s] favorite… As soon as we got in the room, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it. There’s just a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling.”
It seems that regardless of what happens next, whoever takes on the recently vacated role certainly has a lot with which to contend in a post-FSoG career:
Dakota Johnson is having a "tough" time with her Fifty Shades of Grey fame. Do you think she's right for the role? http://t.co/rNnbXB6YM4
— E! Online (@eonline) October 15, 2013
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