Universal Pictures and Focus Features have announced that Charlie Hunnam will no longer play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James’ bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The filmmakers claim that the Pacific Rim star had to drop out of the project due to his busy TV schedule on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. The search is on for a new male lead to star opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.
The story follows the relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and young billionaire Christian Grey. When the couple embark on a passionate and daring relationship, Anastasia learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny. In order to be his partner she agrees to experiment with BDSM, but struggles to reconcile who she is with who Christian wants her to be: his submissive to do with as he pleases.