Charlie Hunnam‘s decision to leave the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” adaptation came as a shock over the weekend. But considering how much of a surprise it was that the “Sons of Anarchy” star took the part to begin with, maybe the news shouldn’t have come entirely out of left field.
In the days since the news broke, a number of insiders have come forward to try to explain why Hunnam would leave such a discussed role. “Charlie Hunnam was never going to do Fifty Shades of Grey,” one source tells Us Weekly. “He told his agents from the beginning he didn’t want to do it and was going to pull out.”
Another source for People says Hunnam was concerned he’d end up in a “Twilight”-type situation — and for good reason. “He dropped out of the project because he didn’t want to be typecast. He didn’t want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with taking on this role,” that source says.
But yet another Us insider says that Hunnam’s departure was nothing more than a scheduling problem, which is what Universal Pictures said in an official statement about the announcement. The source says Hunnam’s exit is “truly due to scheduling. The role of Christian Grey requires a massive time commitment, a trilogy role in which Charlie and his team were originally very aware of from the start and a major consideration in his hesitancy for taking the role. Charlie is the lead in a massive TV series and his loyalty will always be to ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ the ‘SOA’ family and fans.”
Whatever the reason, Universal and those working on the project are reportedly not very happy about the fact they need to look for a new Christian Grey. Author E.L. James simply tweeted, “I wish Charlie all the best. x.”