Will fans be disappointed once again? The search is back on for the role of Christian Grey in the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, following the Saturday, Oct. 12 announcement that Charlie Hunnam would be dropping out. When the Sons of Anarchy actor, 33, was initially cast on Sept. 2, fans created an online petition demanding he be replaced by actor Matt Bomer, but it looks like other actors may be in the running instead.
Citing sources, The Hollywood Reporter claims Irish actor Jamie Dornan is on the list of possible replacements. Dornan, 31, plays Paul Spector in the U.K. TV series The Fall, and starred as Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman on ABC's Once Upon a Time.
In addition to Dornan, a much more well-known hunk is reportedly under consideration: True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard, 37. THR also reveals that actors Theo James and Christian Cooke are also in contention. James, 28, is a British actor who played David in Underworld: Awakening, and fellow Brit Cooke, 26, currently stars as Mercutio in the new Carlo Carlei-directed Romeo and Juliet film alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth.
Though Universal Pictures and Focus Features said in a statement that Hunnam left the film due to his "immersive TV schedule," a source explained to Us Weekly "the project wasn't appearing to shape up as expected," and that Hunnam was "not happy" with the script. Dakota Johnson, meanwhile, is still committed to the role of Anastasia Steele in the erotic film.
Though Fifty Shades of Grey fans initially created the petition on Change.org to recast both Hunnam with Bomer and Johnson with actress Alexis Bledel, they are now redoubling their efforts on the 36-year-old White Collar actor. "PLZ NOW MORE THAN EVER WE MUST JOIN FORCES UNTIL ARRIVE 100 K SIGNATURES," the creator wrote on Oct. 12. "WE WILL DO ALL THE POSSIBLE TO SEE MATT LIKE GREY DONT GIVE UPPPPPP XXXXX." So far, the petition has nearly 88,000 supporters.
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