‘50 Shades of Grey’ Movie Cast Rumors: Charlie Hunnam Quitting ‘Fifty Shades’ After Fan Backlash?

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Charlie Hunnam may be thinking of leaving the film after thousands of fans signed a petition to have him taken out of the movie, dishes Celeb Dirty Laundry. Of course, it’s just a rumor! The site said that more than 70,000 people signed a petition to replace the "Sons of Anarchy" star with Matt Bomer, of USA Network's “White Collar,” and that might have gotten to the English actor.

When news broke over Labor Day weekend that Hunnam had won the coveted role, fans were generally very upset. Author E. L. James hinted that the actor who landed the juicy film role probably wouldn't be who lovers of the bestselling erotic trilogy envisioned. And, there was an outcry of disappointment when the casting was announced on Sept. 2.

It was even rumored Hunnam needed extra security at the recent “Sons of Anarchy” premiere. While some sources said Universal Studios wanted to protect the actor from Christian Grey-obsessed fans, others said it was to make sure that disappointed, irate fans didn’t throw their books at the star.

Hunnam has never publicly said he was going to quit the film. Indeed, during interviews he said he had great chemistry with co-star Dakota Johnson, who's set to play Anastasia Steele. “There's just a tangible chemistry between us," he told People magazine. "It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling.” 

Hunnam said that he wanted to do more movies after “Sons of Anarchy” wrapped, which is one reason he took the “Fifty Shades of Grey” role, according to Celeb Dirty Laundry. The film is expected to hit theaters Aug. 1, 2014, and an official trailer could premiere around the time of the Super Bowl, to be held Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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