"Fifty Shades Of Grey" has had tongues wagging for weeks now; first, because "Sons Of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam was cast as Christian Grey, which made hordes of fans angry because they thought he didn't fit the part, and now, because he's backed out of the project altogether and everyone wants to know who will take his place.
The studio is still hoping to begin production in November, so a mad scramble is more than likely taking place as they look for the man who will have the same smoldering chemistry that Hunnam had with the female lead, Dakota Johnson. The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith is still attached to the project despite Hunnam's departure, and it's been reported that producers will likely build the cast around her now.
Both stars, however, have reportedly had issues with all the press surrounding the film, especially considering it's not even started production yet. It's been speculated that Hunnam dropped out because of all the negative backlash that ensued when his role was announced and because the fan involvement is more than he anticipated, although his official reason for leaving is that the "Sons Of Anarchy" shooting schedule won't allow him time to adequately prepare for the role. Johnson is said to have also had some trouble coming to terms with the enormity of the movie.
"Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press," a source said. "When she first got the role, it was way too much for her."
For now, casting is reportedly halted, but according to fans online it appears that Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder are the top two choices for the lead.
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