50 Shades of Grey‘s author E.L. James took to Twitter that Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam for Christian Grey in early September, but it looks like they will need to find someone to take Charlie’s spot.
Last time we caught up with Charlie at the season 6 premiere of “Son of Anarchy,” he dished to us that he was so ready to take on the most scandalous role in Hollywood, but in October, Universal Pictures released a statement saying Charlie has dropped out and that they’re desperately trying to find another male lead – Jamie Dornan.
Many fans speculated that Charlie’s exit had to do with a lot of pressure and the fact that he was thrust into the media spotlight.
On Sunday, Charlie took home an award for the Best Emerging Global Actor at the 2014 Huading Global Film Festival and our PopStop TV news team got a chance to interview him. Charlie cleared up the rumors and exclusively spoke to us and said his decision to drop out was because of scheduling conflict.
“I was doing my TV show [“Sons of Anarchy”] and we ended up doing an extra episode at the end of the season, which pushed us back by a couple of weeks. So when everything started moving back, the time period was getting really compressed. I just had to make a difficult decision.”
The “Sons of Anarchy” actor my not be in 50 Shades of Grey, but people can expect to see him in the upcoming movie, Crimson Peak, which he just finished shooting with Director Guillermo. He also adds that he had too many things going on with Crimson Peak and Sons of Anarchy that he couldn’t take on any more projects, causing him to drop 50 Shades of Grey.
“I had already given Guillermo my words and it was a tough decision. I felt like I would rather do a really good job on one film than two average jobs because I was doing two things at once. It was a very hard decision to make.”
Regardless of whether Charlie is Christian Grey or not, people can expect to see him on the big screen in his new movie, Crimson Peak, expected to hit theaters next year.
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