Apparently, nothing can deter Charlie Hunnam from starring in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Following multiple reports that the 33-year-old actor was contemplating quitting the film after facing backlash from fans online, the author of the best-selling trilogy, E.L. James, dropped a hint on social media that he was on to stay. “Guess who….,” the British author wrote on Twitter Saturday alongside a photo of Hunnam’s forearm tattoo that his character, Jax Teller, sports on the FX show, “Sons of Anarchy.”
The photo comes just days after rumors began circulating that Hunnam was considering leaving the film franchise after fans shared their disapproval that he was chosen to play Christian Grey, the billionaire businessman with sadistic sexual needs. Celeb Dirty Laundry was the first news site to fuel the allegations that Hunnam was planning to quit after the platform site Change.org received more than 85,000 signatures from fans petitioning filmmakers to recast the lead role.
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The rumors also followed reports that Universal, the studio behind the highly anticipated film, hired bodyguards to protect the actor following fan backlash after casting. According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 18, a source revealed that Hunnam’s new security measures were in full effect during his appearance at the season six premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” in Hollywood last month.
Even before James' Twitter announcement last month in which she confirmed Hunnam will star alongside former “Ben and Kate” sitcom star Dakota Johnson in the film, producers warned fans that the leads would most likely disappoint devout readers of the erotica novels. According to a report from the website The Stir in August, film producer Dana Brunetti revealed on Seattle's NorthWest Prime Station that “a lot of people will be unhappy no matter who they pick.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is currently scheduled to be released in theaters Aug. 1, 2014.