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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been debated, discussed and speculated about from day one, and the recent turmoil hasn't quelled fans' anticipation.

With actor Charlie Hunnam pulling out of the project almost as soon as he signed on, the million-dollar question once again is who will play Christian Grey.

Among the (fan) favorites? Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries fame!

While Dakota Johnson is still on board as Ana Steele, TVD fans would no doubt wonder what 50 Shades would be like with Ian and co-star Nina Dobrev.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trailer above imagines just that scenario.

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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.

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True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard is apparently one of the actors strongly the running to replace Charlie Hunnam in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Skarsgard

The 37-year-old Swede is under consideration to play Christian Grey, alongside other names featured on Universal's initial list, according to reports.

The original pool of would-be Greys included the likes of Underworld: Awakening's Theo James and the star of Cemetery Junction, Christian Cooke.

A few other names producers are talking to include Divergent's Theo James, Magic City’s Christian Cooke and Jamie Dornan of Once Upon a Time.

Fan favorite Matt Bomer is currently tipped by the oddsmakers to play the lead role at 7:1, with Skarsgard and Ian Somerhalder close behind at 8:1.

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Charlie Hunnam left the Fifty Shades of Grey movie because of Robert Pattinson, and not because the latter is set to replace him in the project (sorry ladies).

Charlie Hunnam Shirtless Photo

Following the news that the Sons of Anarchy actor exited the project Saturday, sources have cast doubt on the stock "immersive TV schedule" excuse.

"He dropped out of the movie because he didn't want to be typecast," an insider says of Charlie Hunnam leaving Fifty Shades of Grey before filming began.

Specifically, referring to the Twilight star, the source adds, "He didn't want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with this role."

Announcing the news, Universal Pictures and Focus Features released a joint statement that said his TV schedule left inadequate time for preparation.

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With Charlie Hunnam out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, attention has turned to his would-be co-star Dakota Johnson and whether she will stay on.

Dakota Johnson Red Carpet Pic

Dakota Johnson is said to be worried about her job security after struggling with the pressure of taking on such a high profile project in the first place.

Insiders have insisted that studio executives are completely behind her, and that “Dakota earned the role and she shouldn’t be worried right now."

"The only time she will have to worry, if at all, is if they hire someone that has no chemistry with her, but they are casting the actor with her in mind.”

However, other sources suggest the actress may also be looking to exit the role.

"Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press," a source said.

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Here we go again. It's time to hop back on board the Fifty Shades of Grey casting carousel.

With Charlie Hunnam out as Christian Grey - reportedly because he had second thoughts about the type of fame such a role would incur - sources now tell The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter that Jamie Dornan is a leading candidate to take over for the departed star.

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Dornan is an Irish actor best known to American audiences for portraying Sheriff Graham on season one of ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Why would he fit the Christian Grey bill?

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Charlie Hunnam surprised many over the weekend when he dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey.

But at least one insider familiar with the actor says she isn't shocked Hunnam has withdrawn from the role of Christian Grey... she's shocked he ever agreed to it in the first place!

"What he was taking on with this role was not what Charlie wants in his future career," this source tells E! News.

The mole goes on to explain that this Sons of Anarchy star is content with his current stature of Hollywood. He isn't looking to become an A-lister.

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Following the shocking news that Christian Grey will be recast in the forthcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, will producers soon be looking for a new Ana as well?

Charlie Hunnam is out of the project before it even began, citing scheduling conflicts. It's unclear what new conflicts could have arisen in the last month, however.

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Unofficially, The Hollywood Reporter claims Charlie was actually intimidated by the amount of negative attention his casting received, and he got cold feet.

Whatever the reason, Hunnam's exit leaves his would-be co-star, Dakota Johnson, on shaky ground, with some fans calling for her to be replaced too.

Dakota was a fresh face that Focus and Universal loved, but one of the biggest reasons she was cast was because of her chemistry with Charlie.

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Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer fans everywhere, rejoice! There's hope once again to see them portray Christian Grey on the big screen.

In shocking news announced this afternoon, Charlie Hunnam has pulled out of the role in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation.

As Jax

Hunnam, best known for his role as Jax on FX's Sons of Anarchy, has de-committed from playing Dakota Johnson's love interest in the forthcoming project.

Interestingly, previous reports hinted at Hunnam quitting Fifty Shades of Grey because of fan reactions to his initial casting in the coveted role.

Those rumors were proven erroneous, but the response was underwhelming at best. Some readers even petitioned the producers for a new Christian.

So why did he actually exit the project - which has been confirmed - now?

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Needless to say, no one was more shocked that Charlie Hunnam landed the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey than his Sons of Anarchy co-stars.

Hunnam, who plays morally compromised Jax Teller on the hard-hitting FX drama, did not strike his fellow cast members as the mommy porn type.

“When he told me that it was happening, I just howled. I mean I think we all did. We’re all like, what!?” says Maggie Siff, who plays Jax’s savvy wife Tara.

“And then talked to him seriously about it. I think he’s very brave to it."

"He doesn’t do anything unless he feels it deep down. He’s not going to do something just because all of his agents are telling him to do something."

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