Charlie Hunnam’s departure from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is significant for a number of reasons. First of all, obviously it leaves all involved in a situation where they now have to scramble to find a replacement. That’s much tougher to do than when you’re just casting for a part.
Secondly, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to find someone who is as recognizable as Hunnam. And despite what the producers say now, his mainstream appeal is a big reason why he was cast.
Finally, and most significantly, we still don’t know precisely why Hunnam ditched the film. If it was over money, as has been widely reported, then that’s a problem which isn’t going away. Mind you, it also explains why Dakota Johnson got the nod for this movie, as opposed to one of the preferred options that had been discussed prior to casting announcements being made.
Late last week, E! floated Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Pattinson as possible candidates to replace Hunnam as Christian Grey. Obviously neither one is realistic option. Pattinson was the preferred choice from the very beginning, and clearly he’s not interested. DiCaprio, well, he’s out of this movie’s league.
What does that mean?
It means the part will go to a lesser known guy like Matt Bomer, or a total unknown like Scott Eastwood, who randomly sprung up as a favorite this weekend. For what it’s worth, you will recall that just before Hunnam dropped out, that same weekend rumors started to float around that he’d drop out. These whispers exist for a reason.