6 Major Shake-Ups on '50 Shades of Grey' Movie Since Charlie Hunnam Quit

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dakota johnsonFrom the moment news broke this weekend that Charlie Hunnam was walking from Fifty Shades of Grey, we could've guessed a lot of fans would be disappointed -- and gleeful. But the aftermath of the shake-up behind-the-scenes of the flick was less apparent.

Well, now, we're hearing more about what's been going on since Charlie's exit and what changes we can expect in the wake of the actor's departure ...

  1. A new writer has been hired. Kelly Marcel's script is now in the hands of Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal), who was brought on-board on Friday to "do a polish and character work on the script," according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's not that shocking, as producers often bring a new writer on as they get closer to shooting, but still, Marber's hiring has caused speculation to swirl that the script might be the reason behind Charlie's abrupt departure. Hmmm. At any rate, Universal claims the script will still be ready for a November start date, should the studio be able to find a new leading man in time.
  2. Dakota's calling the shots. Now that Charlie's gone, those in the know say producers are going to have to find a leading man who has chemistry with their Ana -- not the other way around. Which leads us to the fact that ...
  3. Dakota Johnson isn't going anywhere. Sources say she's 100 percent committed to the part, reports The Wrap.
  4. But apparently, she's struggling with the spotlight all the same. "It's been tough. ... Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press. When she first got the role, it was way too much for her," a source tells E! News.
  5. As for the next Christian, legit top contenders for Charlie's replacement include (drumroll, please!) ... Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the short list includes Jamie Dornan of the U.K. series The Fall and Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood. The studio also is revisiting its initial list of possible contenders, including Theo James and Christian Cooke. Apparently, they'd also love Garrett Hedlund, who had received an informal offer during the first round of casting, but he's unavailable due to his schedule on Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which starts shooting this week in Australia.
  6. Production and the release date could very well be delayed. No matter what the studio says, with the rewrites and the search for Christian back on ... Variety reports that production -- and in turn, the August 1, 2014 release date -- may be postponed.

Do you think production will be delayed? Who can you see them bringing on to replace Charlie?

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nonmember avatar Myturn

They need to just scrap the while thing. By the time they figure everything out (if they ever do) no one is going to still be interested in it.

Laure... Lauren0983

Dakota has got to be replaced! She is so not Ana. She was cast because of her chemistry with Charlie, that's what they were using as justification and now that he's gone, there's no reason to keep her. They need to start over fresh and recast BOTH roles. If she doesn't voluntarily back out I hope they decide to recast the role. 

Christine L. Banks

This project has been on shaky ground for a while now. Dakota cannot carry this film, it's pretty obvious the fans are not happy with her being cast as Ana. She looks nothing like Ana and looks very old for her age! This whole thing is beoming a huge mess. I honestly believe they just need to pull the plug! The books are too good to let something like this taint it. 

peach... peachpies

The first step is getting rid of Dakota and finding a replacement for both parts. Theo James and Christian Cooke I don't find nearly attractive enough! Alex Skarsgard is a decade older than Christian, and Christian Cooke and Jamie Dornan are too short. If they'd stuck with the books and cast a petite Ana, this wouldn't be so much of a problem even though Christian is supposed to be over 6ft regardless. This role has been tainted since it belonged to someone else and they gave it up (under mixed reports), so now they're probably going to end up with someone not very good because no one decent is going to want this part now.

Carla Valeria Galindez

Well, the fact that Charlie quit to play the role of Christian Grey is was a huge dissapointed. I´m reading the books again, so the chraracter had the eyes, the skin, the body, and even the smell of Charlie. A really pity end.

Alison Ellis

Can't wait to see it and who is the new Christian and the supporting characters, they must have some of them now!!!!!!

Donna Butcher

I could handle either Theo James or Garrett Hedland (unfortunately tho he isn't available) but NO NO NO on Alexander Skargard. He is WAY to old and in my opinion although handsome, he's not handsome enough.

Natasha Cortez

just ive it to matt bomber

tigge... tigger9280

I couldn't agree more with Lauren... In the book Ana is not a snobby bitch..I don't know if I would bother going to see it just because of her. There are many other actors/actresses that have the "Chemistry" needed for the part. No one needs to bow down to her..

Tina Wallace

if we r choosing from the above names I would have to go with Alexander Skarsgard or Jamie Dornan ..with that being said - neither meet the characters profile - Christian Grey is 6 ft n still fairly young !! I was disappointed when Charlie dropped the role...maybe a new Ana is needed as well 

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