Charlie Hunnam in September 2013 [Rex]
It was mere weeks ago that the interweb was ignited with excitement (and disappointment) when the star set to play Christian Grey was announced. E L James, the author of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', took to Twitter in September to reveal that the man for the job was Charlie Hunnam. The 33-year-old British actor was picked from a bunch of potential hunks to play the bondage-loving billionaire in Sam Taylor-Johnson's upcoming adaptation of the erotic novel.
Now, however, we are back to being without a Christian Grey. It's been announced that Charlie, best known for his role in 'Sons of Anarchy', is too busy filming the TV show to 'adequately prepare' for the role. Say whaaa? The first film in the trilogy was due to begin filming next month, but Universal Studios issued the following statement to Deadline.com today:
'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.'
Charlie was set to star alongside Dakota Johnson, who's been signed up as Anastasia Steele, and raved of the pair's chemistry. 'As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,' the actor said. 'It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.'
Oh no! What will happen now? Who will be our Christian Grey?! It was previously reported that Ryan Gosling and Robert Pattinson were among the high profile stars to turn down the role so let the bets begin! Again.
Take a look through the gallery below to see our favourites for the part >>