NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The lead actor in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has backed out, leaving a gaping hole for the production team to fill and a problem for a unit of Comcast (CMCSA - Get Report), TheStreet's Brittany Umar reported.
Charlie Hunnam, most famous for his role on the Sons of Anarchy TV show, was supposed to play Christian Grey in the much anticipated film, but bowed out due to scheduling conflicts.
Comcast unit Universal Pictures had originally budgeted the movie between $35 million to $40 million, but now has the daunting task of finding a new leader actor, Umar said. Filming was scheduled to begin in November, with an official trailer to be aired during the Super Bowl.
The book Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James took just 11 weeks to sell 1 million paperback copies, besting the previous record of 36 weeks, held by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.She concluded that the movie could quite possibly trump the success of The Da Vinci Code film, which raked in $230 million in the U.S. and over $750 million worldwide. The Comcast unit paid James $5 million for the rights to the film. Follow @BretKenwell