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Charlie Hunnam will no longer play the lead role in the film adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel. Photo: Getty Images
Charlie Hunnam will no longer play the lead role in the film adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel. Photo: Getty Images

Charlie Humman was set to play bondage-loving billionaire Christian Grey in Sam Taylor-Johnson's upcoming adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey but has decided he is too busy filming Sons of Anarchy to "adequately prepare" for the role.A statement issued by Universal Studios said, "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."

Charlie's decision to pull out of the movie will come as a surprise to fans as he recently gushed about how excited he was to be cast in the blockbuster alongside Dakota Johnson.

He said, "As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us.

"It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it."

It was previously revealed that Ryan Gosling, Robert Pattinson and Shailene Woodley were among the high profile stars to turn down roles in the controversial movie.