Charlie Hunnam is out and a new Christian Grey is in! According to reports, the 33-year-old Sons of Anarchy actor has dropped out of the film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic fiction. And while some fans were surprised by the blonde-bearded star’s decisions, other can’t say they were particularly shocked by Hunnam’s recent withdrawal.

"This isn't a surprise because what he was taking on with this role was not what Charlie wants in his future career," the source explained to E! News. "The attention and the pressure was intense. More than anything he hates attention and being in Fifty Shades of Grey would force him to do lots of media. That's really not his thing. Charlie doesn't want to be massively famous. Plus, he hates conforming and being told what to do. This role would force him to have to be something he is not."

The source added that the only shocking aspect of this story is that the rebellious bike rider accepted the role of the S&M fetishist to begin with. "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," Universal Pictures and Focus Features said in a joint statement.

So who will play the kinky role alongside Dakota Johnson? Well, whoever it is, we just hope he has the same “tangible chemistry” that Hunnam shared with the 24-year-old portraying the role of Anastasia Steele.

Here is who we think would make an excellent Christian Grey in the flick Fifty Shades of Grey:

  1. 1. Matt Bomer is an obvious choice of the people. But will fans — and petition signers — still be pleased when their number 1 choice is paired with Johnson instead of their female lead selection Alexis Bledel?

  2. 2. Ian Somerhalder is dark and dreamy. With a bad boy vibe with a pinch on sensibility it would only make sense for the Vampire Diaries star to be a contender in being cast for the role of Christian Grey. We just wonder if Somerhalder could find time in his busy CW schedule to take on the part.

  3. 3. Alexander Skarsgard knows how to get kinky! Despite his blonde hair, Skarsgard has the qualities to take on the role of Christian Grey. We mean, hello, didn’t you see him as the king of Fangtasia in True Blood? This Swedish babe knows how to rock latex.

  4. 4. Don’t let Alex Pettyfer’s sweet looks fool you! This devilishly charming actor can certainly break away from his boy-next-door image and whip out the handcuffs. Don’t believe us? Check out Pettyfer’s portrayal of a cop in Magic Mike!

  5. 5. Ryan Gosling. Hey, a girl can dream, right? Just imagine the sea of memes that would go viral if the ab-tastic actor accepted the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. If he were cast, this is certainly a movie we’d buy tickets in advance for!

Who do you think should be offered the role of Christian Grey? Let us know in the comments section below!