Monday 22 December 2014

'Conflicts' led to Hunnam exit

Published 17/10/2013 | 12:16

Charlie Hunnam is no longer playing the lead role in Fifty Shades Of Grey
Charlie Hunnam is no longer playing the lead role in Fifty Shades Of Grey

Charlie Hunnam reportedly left the Fifty Shades Of Grey film after "creative conflicts" over the script.

The Sons Of Anarchy star made an abrupt departure from his starring role as wealthy Christian Grey on October 12, citing his busy schedule for his exit. It had also been thought that the overwhelming attention over his casting made him uncomfortable.

The Hollywood Reporter also claimed that Charlie butted heads with some of the creative department including screenwriter Kelly Marcel and director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

The 33-year-old, who wrote the gothic horror screenplay Vlad for Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, reportedly submitted his own notes on the script to Kelly, who is adapting EL James' book for the big screen. Sources said that the notes were "well received", but the actor requested further script approval, which was denied.

"That's Charlie, that's who he is. He's particular," said a source.

The Fall star Jamie Dornan, True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard and Christian Cooke are tipped to be among the frontrunners for the Grey role.

Universal Pictures said in a statement on October 12: " 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."

Fifty Shades author James tweeted upon hearing Charlie's decision: "I wish Charlie all the best. x"

Dakota Johnson is still on board to play the film's female lead, graduate Anastacia Steele.

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