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Fifty Shades of Grey movie release date pushed to 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey

Story by Jack Foley

THE highly anticipated film adaptation of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has been put back six months.

Originally intended for release on August 1, 2014, the film will now make its debut in February 2015 on the same weekend as Valentine’s Day.

Denying that the date change had anything to do with the departure of former leading man Charlie Hunnam, Donna Langley, of Universal Pictures, told Entertainment Weekly: “We’ve been looking really closely at the August date and becoming more and more convinced that the right thing to do for the movie was to push it.

“So even if Charlie had stayed, we still would have been making the date change.”

British actor Jamie Dornan has since replaced Hunnam in the lead role of Christian Grey, and will line up alongside Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

Both are expected to sign up for at least three films based on EL James’s book trilogy.

Filmmaker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct, while EL James, whose trilogy has sold more than 70 million copies around the world, is a co-producer.

Langley went on to describe the film as a “global event”.

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