‘Fifty Shades’ release date moved

Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan stars in “Once Upon A Time.”
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Fans waiting for the film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will have to wait a bit longer, as Universal Pictures and Focus Features have announced they’ve moved the movie’s release date from Aug. 1, 2014 to February 13, 2015.

Production on the film was delayed when Charlie Hunnam, initially cast to play Christian Grey, dropped out just weeks before filming was to 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,” a statement from the studios behind the film reads. Their replacement is Jamie Dornan, who hails from Northern Ireland, has been a Calvin Klein underwear model, played a serial killer in “The Fall,” and he currently stars on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as sheriff Graham Humbert.

The upside? The film is now coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day.



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