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Why Charlie Hunnam really left 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
When Charlie Hunnam exited the highly-anticipated S&M drama "Fifty Shades of Grey," the official reason given was that the film conflicted with his "Sons of Anarchy" schedule.
The reason seemed unlikely from the get-go, and now sources are revealing that Hunnam departed due to losing faith in the film and because of the standard "creative differences."
Hunnam, who is also a writer, reportedly submitted some notes on Kelly Marcel's initial adaptation which were received, only for later notes to be rejected, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hunnam departed after disagreements intensified between himself and the creative team, including director Sam Taylor-Johnson and writer Patrick Marber ("Notes on a Scandal"), who was hired to revise Marcel's script.
Now, Universal and Focus Features are scrambling to find the next Christian Grey in order to maintain their ramped-up production schedule. Dakota Johnson is still set to play the lead role of Anastasia Steele.
As of now, "Fifty Shades" is scheduled to be in theaters August 1, 2014, but that date may be shifted soon.