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Charlie Hunnam leaves Fifty Shades of Grey movie

Pacific Rim

Story by Jack Foley

CHARLIE Hunnam has exited the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor took the decision after becoming ‘overwhelmed’ by the attention he was receiving, although a statement from Universal Pictures attributes it to his busy TV schedule with Sons of Anarchy.

“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,” it states.

Hunnam created an Internet stir when he was announced in the role, joining Dakota Johnson in the adaptation of EL James’s best-selling erotic novel.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the film.

However, speculation is rife that fan pressure and media intensity contributed to Hunnam’s decision to withdraw from the movie, especially given that his filming work on Sons of Anarchy is due to be completed on October 21 and filming on Fifty Shades is due to commence in November.

Plus, Hunnam was also forced to hire bodyguards at a recent Sons of Anarchy premiere given the clamour for comments on the film.

No matter what the reason, Universal is now faced with having to act fast to secure a new leading man.

They will be keen to retain the film’s release date of August 1, 2014 in the States.

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