Fifty Shades film delayed after actor switch

2013-11-14 19:30
Fifty Shades of Grey
Los Angeles - The release of the movie version of erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey has been postponed until 2015 after the original male star pulled out, filmmakers said on Wednesday.

Industry daily Variety said that Universal, which is making the film with Focus Features, has fixed the release for 13 February, the day before Valentine's Day.

The film's Facebook page changed its cover photo to read February 2015, instead of the planned 1 August, 2014 release of the movie based on the international book phenomenon.

The announcement was greeted with a flood of disappointed comments by female fans.

"What the heck??? Y y do we have to now wait 15 months??? Thats just stupid n yall gonna upset a lot of people," wrote Grace Seymour on Facebook, while Kayla Anne Mackey added: "Well this sucks."

Considering later release before Hunnam left

Variety said that Universal was considering pushing back the August 2014 date even before British actor Charlie Hunnam pulled out of the project in October.

Hunnam, who was to play Christian Grey alongside Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, was replaced by Jamie Dornan two weeks later.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
(Photo: Entertainment Weekly)

The movie is to be directed by British filmmaker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson of Nowhere Boy fame.

About the book

Spiced up with sado-masochism, the 2011 novel Fifty Shades of Grey was the first part of a trilogy about a relationship between a college graduate, Steele, and young business magnate Grey.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the trilogy - which also included Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed - in March 2012.

The books have been translated into 50 languages, and sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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