If you’ll recall, America’s 2013 Labor Day was shattered to its core by the soul-crushing news that Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam and 21 Jump Street’s Dakota Johnson would be cast as the leads in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. OK, well, it was only soul-crushing for those who actually care about the film adaptation of a novel which began its life as Twilight fan-fiction, which is to say, about 2% of the population. But hey, that 2% can now partially rejoice, as Charlie Hunnam has left the production.
Citing an “immersive TV schedule” not “allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey” (and totally not because of the massive fan backlash that was generated in the wake of his and Johnson’s casting), the Sons of Anarchy star has back out.
Having never read the book, I cannot say whether or not this feels like a good or bad thing, though most fans who have made their displeasure known have stated Hunnam is simply not right for the part—so rejoice in this day, 2%-ers, until Universal once again disappoints you their newest casting decision in the next week or so.
What do you think of the 50 Shades of Grey news?