Following rumors, gossip, heated debates, and adamantly stated opinions, casting was announced for the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ wildly best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were the chosen two, picked from Hollywood’s crop of sexy up-and-comers to take on the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
At the time of casting, the rumor mill took pause — but the opinions continued. Though the buzz around Johnson’s turn as Anastasia hasn’t sparked much debate, Hunnam as the choice for Grey did, with some lauding the next move of the “Sons of Anarchy” star and others still chanting, “Bo-mer! Bo-mer!” This weekend, the rumor mill started churning again, as it was reported that Hunnam has dropped out of the film.
Reasons lobbed about for Hunnam’s departure include scheduling conflicts and cold feet, but the racy subject matter of the film was not at the heart of Hunnam’s bowing out, reports The Hollywood Reporter. So now one must wonder: Who will be the real Christian Grey? According to The Daily News, Alexander Skarsgard, Jamie Dornan, and Christian Cooke are currently under consideration, though nothing has been confirmed yet.
As the film takes shape with Sam Taylor-Johnson at the helm as director, Kelly Marcel as screenwriter, and the aforementioned Johnson as Anastasia, the pieces are all coming together — and once the perfect Grey is cast, we’ll sit back, satisfied that all is right in the world of “Fifty Shades.”