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Fifty Shades of Grey Casting Shakeup: What to Know About the Prospects | Matthew Bomer

Christian Grey Casting Shakeup: What to Know About Jamie Dornan, Scott Eastwood & Other Hopefuls

Originally posted 10/19/2013 07:15PM

Charlie Hunnam's shocking exit from Fifty Shades of Grey left Hollywood scrambling to find a quick replacement to fill the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming movie adaptation of the erotic literary sensation.

Here's what you need to know about some of the rumored front-runners for the part.

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Charlie Hunnam Is 'Fully Concentrated on What He's Doing Now' | Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam a No-Show at First Scheduled Public Appearance Since Fifty Shades Dropout

Originally posted 10/17/2013 02:00PM

Charlie Hunnam just avoided the possibility of having to address his decision to drop out of Fifty Shades of Grey.

On Wednesday, the actor, 33, failed to make his first scheduled public appearance since the big casting shakeup was announced over the weekend.

Hunnam – who was set to play the erotic film's lead role, Christian Grey – was slated to attend the Paley Center's benefit gala honoring the FX network until the "last minute," an event rep told PEOPLE, without providing any further explanation.

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Is British Actor/Model Jamie Dornan New Frontrunner for Christian Grey? | Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan, British Actor and Model, Is Favorite for Christian Grey: Report

Originally posted 10/16/2013 02:30PM

Is this the new shade of Grey?

Following the news that Charlie Hunnam, 33, backed out of playing Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, Universal Pictures and Focus Features apparently have their eyes set primarily on British TV star Jamie Dornan, 31, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The report says that fellow British actor Christian Cooke, 26, and Alexander Skarsgard, 37, of True Blood fame, are also in the running for the coveted erotic role.

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The Secrets Behind Charlie Hunnam's Fifty Shades Exit | Charlie Hunnam

The Secrets Behind Charlie Hunnam's Fifty Shades Exit

Originally posted 10/15/2013 01:00PM

The inside scoop on today's hottest stories – including Kim Kardashian's slimdown

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Charlie Hunnam Left Fifty Shades to Avoid Being Like Robert Pattinson: Source | Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam Left Fifty Shades to Avoid Being Like Robert Pattinson: Source

Originally posted 10/14/2013 04:30PM

The Twilight saga may have put Robert Pattinson on the map, but not all of Hollywood is looking for that type of attention.

Following the announcement that the Sons of Anarchy actor exited Fifty Shades of Grey on Saturday, a source tells PEOPLE it wasn't all because of his "immersive TV schedule," which Universal Pictures and Focus Features blamed for his departure.

"He dropped out of the project because he didn't want to be typecast," the source says. "He didn't want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with taking on this role."

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Charlie Hunnam's Fifty Shades Freed – But Who Tied the Knot this Weekend? | Charlie Hunnam, Greg Louganis, Lauren Conrad

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Charlie Hunnam's Fifty Shades Freed, 5-Plus Couples Tie the Knot & More from the Weekend

Originally posted 10/14/2013 06:00AM

Who didn't get married this weekend?

In case you missed it, it's beginning to look like an autumn of love in Hollywood – for everyone except a certain Christian Grey:

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No Fifty Shades? No Problem! Charlie Hunnam Serves as Best Man at Wedding | Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam Serves as Best Man at Friend's Wedding

Originally posted 10/13/2013 04:00PM

Charlie Hunnam doesn't seem too upset about exiting Fifty Shades of Grey.

The same day Universal Pictures and Focus Features released a joint statement that the Sons of Anarchy actor and the "filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey ... have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule," he served as the best man in a friend's wedding.

Hunnam, 33, "seemed in really good spirits and spent time with his closest friends and his girlfriend," a source tells PEOPLE. He gave a sentimental toast and longtime girlfriend Morgana McNelis caught the bouquet.

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Charlie Hunnam Pulls Out of Fifty Shades of Grey, Role to Be Recast | Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam Pulls Out of Fifty Shades of Grey, Studio to Recast Role

Originally posted 10/12/2013 03:15PM

There's no shortage of risqué bondage in Fifty Shades of Grey but there seems to be one person producers had trouble tying down: their leading man.

Charlie Hunnam, who had been cast as Christian Grey in the high-profile movie adaptation of the steamy literary saga, has exited the project.

"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 Pictures and Focus Features said Saturday in a joint statement.

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Charlie Hunnam on Fifty Shades Chemistry – & What His Girlfriend Thinks | Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam on Fifty Shades Chemistry with Dakota Johnson – & What His Girlfriend Thinks

Originally posted 09/08/2013 04:00PM

Charlie Hunnam is ready to bring the erotically charged role of Christian Grey to life – especially after meeting his costar.

The Sons of Anarchy star was officially cast Monday – along with Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele – for the film adaptation of E L James's Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hunnam, 33, admits that after reading the book and meeting with the film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, he was intrigued but needed more to seal the deal.

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Matt Bomer 'So Grateful' Fans Wanted Him for Fifty Shades

Matt Bomer 'So Grateful' Fans Wanted Him for Fifty Shades of Grey

Originally posted 09/05/2013 11:50AM

Fifty Shades of Grey fans didn't exactly scream in ecstasy when they learned Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast in the film version. So they took matters in their own hands.

Fans launched a Change.org petition begging producers to cast Matt Bomer as kinky-yet-sensitive billionaire Christian Grey and Alexis Bledel as Anastasia Steele.

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