Fifty Shades of Delay… Production on the EL James adaptation pushed back until December

Charlie Hunnam's exit and the last-minute casting of Jamie Dornan has resulted in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie filming being delayed

You might be waiting a little bit longer to see Anastasia Steele and her Christian Grey on the big screen, Fifty Shades fans…


The ubrupt exit of Charlie Hunnam and last-minute casting of Jamie Dornan as S&M-loving millionaire Grey has resulted in the film’s production start date being pushed back by a month. 

Work on the steamy adaptation was set to begin at the start of November, but has now been delayed until early December, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That leaves just eight months to get the EL James adaptation, currently set for a 1 August 2014 release date, ready for cinema-goers.

Thrity-one-year-old British actor Jamie Dornan was cast as the film’s leading man last week after original choice Charlie Hunnam dropped out, blaming his busy TV schedule. 

Dornan is acting opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele. True Blood’s Luke Grimes is set to play Christian’s brother Elliot while 43-year-old Jennifer Ehle, who starred as Lizzie Bennet in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, will star as Anastasia’s mother. Other characters, including Anastasia’s roommate Kate, are yet to be cast.

The Fifty Shades of Grey film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and has been adapted for the screen by Kelly Marcel. 

EL James’s internationally bestselling erotic trilogy, which also includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, follows the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, and their increasingly x-rated bedroom exploits.