Fifty Shades of Grey Movie: Where Does it Stand Amid Casting Shakeup(s)?

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After more than a year of rumors, speculation and online fantasy casting, Charlie Hunnam was unveiled as the star of Fifty Shades of Grey in September.

Then he got cold feet. Despite the stock "scheduling conflicts" line, the consensus is that Hunnam bailed on Fifty Shades of Grey because of the attention.

Some fans were disappointed, but many were downright thrilled at the chance to re-cast the role they didn't feel Hunnam was a great fit for anyway.

The aftermath of the casting shakeup has led to other behind-the-scenes changes that are less public but still significant, as well as more questions.

So here's the latest on what's going on with the project since Charlie Hunnam's exit and what changes we can expect (and not expect) with him gone:

The next Christian. Obviously, this is the one on everyone's mind.

The short list, according to inside sources (not fans), includes Jamie Dornan of the U.K. series The Fall, and Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood.

The studio also is revisiting its initial list of possible contenders, such as Theo James and Christian Cooke. Jamie Dornan may have the edge.

Skarsgard, Irish actor Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder are among the actors with the best odds to get the part according to bookmakers.

Expect a relative unknown. Hunnam bailed because he was worried about being typecast a la Robert Pattinson. An unknown will take that chance.

Anything could happen, but that's our take.

Dakota Johnson isn't going anywhere. Sources say she's "100 percent committed" to the part, despite the fact that "it's been tough" on her lately.

While she's had a hard time dealing with the press and the negative attention, rumors of Dakota Johnson leaving the project have been exaggerated.

She's calling the shots. So committed are the producers to Johnson that they're casting a man who has chemistry with her, not the other way around.

A new writer has been hired. Kelly Marcel's script is now in the hands of Patrick Marber to "do a polish and character work on the script," THR reports.

Universal claims it still on track for August. With the rewrites, turmoil and the search for Christian Grey back on, the whole thing reeks of delays.

Not yet, though. We're on for August 1, 2014 as of right now, assuming a new Christian can be signed in the next couple of weeks to start filming.

What do you think? Who should play Christian? And is Dakota a good enough fit as Anastasia Steele to anchor the casting for the new leading man?


This movie is damage so is the love story and in top of that they still are going to keep this DAKOTA she the one who is F..king up this movie fans are not going to pay to see her .


Casey Deidrick (Days of Our Lives) or James Scott, would have my vote!


Henry Cavill should be Christian.


Personally, I don't like Dakota Johnson as Anastasia. I was beginning to like Charlie as Christian Grey but with Dakota? No. Just, no. She acted in roles as a snotty bitch (Beastly) and add up her role in the Five Year engagement. I know it's her job as an actress to act that way but in the audience mind, she would never be the virgin, innocent looking girl. Sorry I'm not sorry. It's just the truth.


I don't like Dakota Johnson for the Anna role. Maybe Lyndsy Fonseca (Desperate Housewives, Kick-Ass, How I Met Your Mother) for that roll. And Matt Bomber (Magic Mike, White Collar) or Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, House of Wax) for Christian.


Wyatt Russell should be Christian Grey...


I think that Dakota is perfect for the role. Christian on the other hand.... First of all, I didn't think that Charlie Hunnam was not quite the "image" for Christian. I think that either Alexander Skarsgard or Matt Bomer should play the part. They have that "Christian" look, plus they can wear a suit and look hot in it as well! Ultimately, as long as he is HOT like the book describes, it's all good!


Josh Holloway (Lost) would be hot!


It seems like I'm the only one who doesn't want Dakota Johnson... Ughh just fire her, or whatever you film people do and get someone 'else' (prettier, more talented, did I mention prettier?). I dont want Somerhalder - even though I love him. Alexandra Daddario would be perfect, but it's all in your (film makers) hands. Don't disappoint us - even though it seems like you've already had.


At least he recognized how much damage that p.o.s "film" would do to his career before he got to involved.

@ firebug666

Excuse me, but the Twilight films rocketed Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to fame. However, many people already know who Hunnam is and the part of Christian Grey needs to be someone who is relatively unknown so they don't have their already famous career hindering the movie. Don't say something unless you have all the facts.

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