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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie has its leading man – for the second time – but the casting change has forced a month-long delay in the start of production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Hunnam’s departure from the role of Christian Grey, which went to Jamie Dornan, has put off the production.

Fifty Shades of Grey Production Delayed

The movie was initially set to start filming in early November. Now it won’t begin until December 2, which could jeopardize its August 1, 2014 release date.

Nothing has been decided regarding the latter point, but if they can get it filmed in 3-4 months, that still leaves another few more for any post-production.

What is known is that Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele in the film alongside Dornan, who takes over for Hunnam as Ana’s lover Christian.


Also in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey, Christian Grey’s brother, and Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mom. Sam Taylor-Johnson is set to direct.

The idea that the Fifty Shades of Grey production would be delayed is also not surprising given the "polishing" of the script first written by Kelly Marcel.

Marcel penned the script, which Patrick Marber hopped on to "do a polish and character work," and now Mark Bomback is also on board to revise.

While producers often bring a new writer on as shooting draws nearer, Bomback’s arrival on the scene as the third scribe a bit of an eyebrow-raiser.

He worked on the 2008 sex club thriller Deception, starring Michelle Williams, Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, so he’s got credentials at least.

As for the two leads … tell us what you think below!

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey

Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele