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‘50 Shades of Grey’ Movie Cast News: Charlie Hunnam Dropping Out As Christian in EL James Book Adaptation? [RUMORS]

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Sep 27, 2013 05:10 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

50 Shades of Grey: The Classical Album

EL James, author, strikes a pose. (Photo : Reuters)

There are some major rumors flying about the 50 Shades of Grey cast. A gossip site’s claims are making serious news headlines, as they allege that Charlie Hunnam is dropping out of the movie. Hunnam was announced as the director’s choice to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaption of EL James’ famous book, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Just three weeks after the casting announcements were made, Charlie Hunnam may be having some doubts about the project. A new report from Celebrity Dirty Laundry is claiming that Hunnam now regrets accepting the once-coveted role.

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While no specific reason was given by the gossip site, they implied that it had something to do with fans’ reactions to the casting announcement. Needless to say, things did not go well.

Once EL James revealed that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson had been cast as the leads, all hell broke loose on Twitter and Facebook. An overwhelming amount of fans fired back, blasting the casting decision. One user wrote about Charlie:

“Charlie is not what many of the fans would have wanted, and that’s sadly going to hurt the movie! When it was announced that an old-looking blond man was playing the role, E.L. James lost a movie fan in me.”

Dakota Johnson, who will be playing Anastasia Steele, didn’t fair much better heself, as one fan said:

“Casting Dakota as as tiny, delicate, big eyed, pretty-faced Anna is a disgrace to the character.”

Charlie Hunnam, always the gentleman, defended his on-screen partner. He told the press that:

“As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us. It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”

We want to hear what you think about the latest claims. Will Charlie stay on board? Will you be happy if he does drop out?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment field below.

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