With Charlie Hunnam bowing out of the highly-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie this past weekend due to an “immersive TV schedule,” what’s next for the female lead - Dakota Johnson?
On Saturday, the studios behind the film, Universal Pictures and Focus Features, released a statement stating, “The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead.”
The statement continued that Hunnam didn’t have time to prepare for the role of Christian Grey while also focusing on his show “Sons of Anarchy.”
But back in September after accepting the role, Hunnam, 33, suggested that he and Johnson, 24, who was cast as Anastasia Steele, were the perfect match for the adaptation of the steamy book, especially in the eyes of director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
“We both suggested I do a reading with Dakota, who was [Taylor-Johnson's] favorite,” Hunnam told reporters last month. ”As soon as we got in the room, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it. There’s just a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling.”
So, if it was the “tangible chemistry” between Johnson and Hunnam that locked the actors in to do the movie, does Hunnam’s departure mean Johnson’s character will be recast as well?
Johnspn’s rep did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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