In the continuing saga of “Fifty Shades of Grey” working its way to theaters, there’s more news on the comings and goings on that production. As we reported yesterday, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) has dropped out because of “scheduling issues”- though my gut tells me it had more to do with the script.
In the wake of that news, and possibly confirming my suspicion, a new writer has been brought on to polish up the script. Patrick Marber, whose credits include sexually-charged dramas such as “Closer” and “Notes on A Scandal,” is the man handling the rewrite. He has an established working relationship with “Fifty Shades” director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, as they worked together on a short called “Love You More.”
The Hollywood Reporter claims the current list of candidates to replace Hunnam includes Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening), Christian Cooke (Magic City), and Jamie Dornan (UK series, The Fall). I’ve never read the book, by E.L. James, but based on my wife’s reaction, Skarsgard would be the right man for the job.
More as it develops.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter