Due to his hectic "Sons of Anarchy" schedule, actor Charlie Hunnam, 33, has dropped out of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation, according to Us Weekly.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features released a joint statement on Saturday, saying:
The filmmakers of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.
Hunnam was only confirmed back in September to play the erotic lead of Christian Grey in author E. L. James' bestselling "Fifty Shades" trilogy, opposite actress Dakota Johnson, 23, as virginal Anastasia Steele.
Less than one week after the announcement, Hunnam admitted that the adaptation would be "a big commitment," especially since there is the potential for two more movies.
Despite the commitment, Hunnam raved about the chemistry between him and Johnson:
...[A]s soon as we got in the room and I started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it. "There's just, like, a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling."
But now, fans of the series will never get to witness the "tangible chemistry" between the two actors and the studios will begin the casting search all over again.
Maybe fans will now get their petition-prayers answered with Matt Bomer?