Setting another round of anticipation and speculation into gear, auditions have begun to recast the role of Christian Grey in the adaptation of E.L. James’ novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the Hollywood Reporter says.
Following the high-profile departure of actor Charlie Hunnam from the lead role as an S&M aficionado / billionaire, the filmmaking team has been forced to scramble in hopes of making the planned release date of August 2014. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, the film’s screenplay is said to be in the process of being rewritten by Patrick Marber.
Actors Billy Magnussen and Jamie Dornan are said to have both read for the part opposite actress Dakota Johnson. Johnson was announced for the role at the same time as Hunnam and is apparently sticking by the part. (And the filmmakers are sticking by her.)
Source: LA Times