The "Green Street Hooligans" star was cast as the lead role in September, alongside Dakota Johnson, who is still slated to play leading lady Anastasia Steele. When the news was first announced that Hunnam was cast, fans created a petition on Change.org, demanding the producers to rethink the casting decisions. Could this be the real reason we're saying goodbye to Charlie?
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"Fifty Shades" author E L James responded to the news of Hunnam's departure on Twitter saying, "I wish Charlie all the best. x"
I wish Charlie all the best. x— E L James (@E_L_James) October 12, 2013
The film, to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is set for release in 2014.
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