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Who should replace Charlie Hunnam in 50 Shades of Grey? - open thread

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Charlie Hunnam has bowed out of starring in the hotly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie a mere five weeks after he was announced as Christian Grey.

The Sons of Anarchy star reportedly struggled to come to terms with the overwhelming fan reaction to his casting, but as recently as this week the British-born actor spoke of his desire to take the role seriously.


Hunnam's apprehension was understandable. Even with the talented Sam Taylor-Johnson directing and impressive up-and-comer Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a Fifty Shades of Grey movie still has the potential to be a career killer if the filmmakers fumble.

With shooting on Fifthy Shades due to begin next month (for an August 2014 release date), the search is back on to find an actor to fill the role of the EL James's BDSM-loving business magnate.

Matt Bomer

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Matt Bomer

Alex Pettyfer ~~ Los Angeles Film Festival 2012

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Alex Pettyfer


Garrett Hedlund attends Details Hollywood Mavericks Party on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Garrett Hedlund

Ian Somerhalder arriving at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar, California

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Ian Somerhalder



The casting race for Grey was heavily documented, with the likes of Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Alex Pettyfer, Garrett Hedlund, Christian Cooke and Dominic Cooper all linked to the role.

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