Universal Pictures says Hunnam's TV schedule is too busy
Hunnam was due to play the lead role of Christian Grey
The movie is set to debut August 1, 2014
Charlie Hunnam, the 33-year-old star of “Sons of Anarchy,” will not play the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, Universal Pictures said Saturday.
“The filmmakers of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey,” Universal said in a statement.
The film is based on E.L. James’ erotic novel about an inexperienced college student named Anastasia Steele, played by Johnson, who gets an education at the hands of billionaire Grey.
The movie is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
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CNN’s Breeanna Hare contributed to this report.