Sorry, everyone. Charlie Hunnam will not be acting out the dog-eared pages of your well-worn copy of "Fifty Shades of Grey." The "Sons of Anarchy" actor has dropped out of the role of Christian Grey in the big-screen adaption of EL James's S&M-heavy best seller.
The studio issued the following statement in regard to Hunnam's exit:
"Scheduling issues" tends to be Hollywood's go-to reason for any actor dropping out of anything. With fan and studio expectations set to almost never-before-seen heights for "Fifty Shades of Grey," it's hard to believe that, after so much fanfare, it was Hunnam's schedule that ultimately got in the way. So was it cold feet? Let the speculation begin.
"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."
For now, devotees of the erotic, fan fiction-born phenomenon that decried Hunnam's casting can go back to poring over their expansive lists of the actors they think are better suited to play the sexually dominant billionaire.
As far as we know, Dakota Johnson still has the role of Anastasia Steele, and Sam Taylor-Johnson is still set to direct. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is due in theaters August 1, 2014.