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‘Fifty Shades’: Sources Deny Charlie Hunnam Casting

Reports had Hunnam as front-runner

Despite a recent report that “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam was the front-runner for the role of Christian Grey in Universal and Focus’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” sources close to Hunnam as well as studio insiders tell Variety no casting decisions have been made on the project.

Twitchfilm reported on Tuesday that Hunnam was the studios’ prime target and, while sources tell Variety he is on a list of possible contenders, the casting process is still ongoing and it may still be a while before a decision is made.

Universal and Focus are on a global search for the titular character, looking in the States, England and Australia, and say they are prepared to take their time finding the right actor for the part. Although the film is set to bow in August, the shoot is not expected to be a long one and there is still time before a decision needs to be made.

Although Hunnam is a rising star, he still doesn’t cost as much as a leading man, so this casting move would make sense for the studios and director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

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