Charlie Hunnam, who had been cast in the steamy role of Christian Grey, has exited the project.
“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 and Focus Features said in a joint statement.
Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James reacted to the news on Twitter saying, “I wish Charlie all the best. x”
Hunnam was the second casting choice for the movie after James announced that Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele.
But fans of the literary saga complained that the 33-year-old actor wasn’t suited to play the lead male role in the movie.
However, new reports claim that the reason Hunnam dropped out is that he got “cold feet” about the role.
“2 sources now say Hunnam got cold feet on #50Shades movie, TV schedule said to have had nothing to do with his exit,” Matt Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter’s executive editor, tweeted Saturday.
The film is scheduled for release on Aug 1, 2014.