Fifty Shades of Grey - Christian and Anastasia

Charlie Hunnam’s sudden departure from Fifty Shades of Grey sparked rumors that the erotic romance might not be able to make its planned summer 2014 release date. And now, it has indeed been pushed back to Valentine’s Day 2015 — but not, Universal insists, because of the casting change. Or not just because of it, anyway.

Fortunately for disappointed fans, Universal is taking advantage of that six-month delay to get the hype machine started nice and early. The first pics of stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in character have just hit the web. Read more about the delay and soak in the new images after the jump.

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Jamie Dornan

Less than two weeks after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed romance has found a new leading man. Irish actor Jamie Dornan has just been cast in the lead role of Christian Grey, the billionaire playboy with a BDSM fetish. Dakota Johnson remains attached as the object of his affections, naive college student Anastasia Steele. More details after the jump.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

With just weeks to go until shooting, Fifty Shades of Grey hit a big snag this weekend when Charlie Hunnam abruptly dropped out of the lead role. His decision left director Sam Taylor-Johnson scrambling to find a replacement, and the word is that Jamie Dornan and Alexander Skarsgard are among the actors being eyed.

Meanwhile, as Taylor-Johnson gets that casting in place, Closer scribe Patrick Marber will be working on quick polish of the script by Kelly Marcel. Get the latest updates on the much-discussed romance after the jump.

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