Actor Luke Grimes has denied exiting TV show True Blood because his character was set to embark on a homosexual relationship. The Taken 2 star joined the supernatural series in the sixth season and unexpectedly quit the role of vampire James in December (13), blaming creative differences with the show's producers over his character's direction.
He was replaced by Nathan Parsons and in the series seven premiere, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (22Jun14), it appears James is heading towards a romantic relationship with gay character Lafayette.
Reports suggested the plot prompted Grimes' departure, but his representative has now denied the claims, insisting the exit "had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting."
The publicist is adamant Grimes left due to scheduling conflicts as he was also working on movies Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper.
Actor Nathan Parsons will replace Luke Grimes in the final season of TV vampire drama True Blood. The Taken 2 star, who played James in season six of the cult show, asked to be released from his contract because of creative differences with the show's producers. Parsons will take on the character for the seventh and final season of the show, which premieres in the U.S. in the summer (14).
Actor Luke Grimes is leaving True Blood after one season. The Taken 2 star, who joined the show in the sixth season, has unexpectedly decided to exit the drama, and his role as vampire James will be recast for the seventh season.
A representative for U.S. network HBO tells TVLine.com, "The role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character."
A source adds, "He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with (his Forever co-star) Deborah Ann Woll. But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James."
Grimes will next appear as Christian Grey's brother in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden has been cast as Christian Grey's mother in the movie adaptation of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. News of the addition of the Pollock star comes two days after filming on the project began in Vancouver, Canada.
She will join Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle and Eloise Mumford among the cast of the much-anticipated movie.
British singer Rita Ora has landed a supporting role in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. The star will play Mia, the adopted younger sister of Jamie Dornan's character Christian Grey, in the film, which started shooting in Vancouver on Sunday (01Dec13).
The Hot Right Now singer joins a cast that also includes Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk and Max Martini.
The main cast for the much-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey has been set following the hiring of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh. Mumford has signed on to play sexy student Anastasia Steele's best friend in the film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has also cast Luke Grimes as Christian Grey's brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia's close friend, Jose; and Jennifer Ehle as her mother, Carla.
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Yesterday, Fifty Shades of Grey added another relatively unknown actor to a cast already filled with unfamiliar faces. Victor Rasuk (above) has signed on to play José Rodriguez, the third part of the Christian Grey/Anastasia Steele love triangle. While not necessarily a huge character, José does act as a foil to Christian, and stands as a barrior between him and Anastasia – Basically, he's Jacob from Twilight (for those of you who haven't read Fifty Shades). So, while we are excited that the film is obviously moving along, we're a little bit underwhelmed with the decisions the production crew is making, including the cast and the screenplay (kind of major aspects of a film). Unfortunately, it's becoming more and more apparent that this story would have been best left in the novels. But, since the film is happening, we're counting down the ways in which Fifty Shades of Grey could potentially (definitely) disappoint us.
1. CastingAfter many months of speculating who would be portraying the iconic (yes, strong word choice) roles of Grey and Steele, we seemed to have finally gotten our answer when Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were cast. While many fans were upset with the choices, Hunnam helped to soothe the tension by explaining that his chemistry with Johnson was "tangible." Okay, fair enough, awesome chemistry can go a long way in making a movie about sex. However, Hunnam soon left the film, and needed to be replaced very quickly. Enter Jamie Dornan, the Irish actor who kind of looks like Grey and has even fewer acting credits than Hunnam. While there's no reason why Dornan can't properly portray the wonderfully twisted Grey, it's just that he doesn't seem to have the necessary charisma to pull off such a role. Although, to be fair, not many do. But if you've ever watched a Sons of Anarchy episode, you know that Hunnam has the looks, talent, and charm needed to play Grey. However, it was not Hunnam we got, and instead we have Dornan and Johnson, two somewhat obscure actors who may or may not have the acting chops to pull off these complicated roles. Though, to be fair, we always knew that the main characters would have to be played by unknown actors, as no big name star was going to attach his or her name to an erotic film based on "mommy porn." However, it would have been nice if the rest of the cast could have been filled out with a few bigger name celebs in order to give the movie star power. But, as it turns out, the casting team is instead just hiring more vague unknowns like Rasuk and Luke Grimes (as Elliot Grey).
2. ScreenplayFor months and months, there have been rumors that the Fifty Shades screenplay is a horrible mess. While, at first, there was no evidence to prove this, there are now a few reasons it looks like this may be true. The first issue seems to be the original writer, Kelly Marcel, always intended to push the envelope and stay true to the original text. She confirmed this by saying, "Well, there is going to be a lot of sex in the film. It will be NC-17. It’s going to be raunchy. We are 100 percent going there…We did go through and decide which are our [favorite moments] and which are not. Most of them are in there." However, the studio quickly shot down that idea, releasing a statement saying, "... a rating has not been designated." It was later stated that the studio would shoot for an R rating, a decision that could potentially annoy fans who know that the novels' contents can not be portrayed correctly within the confinements of an R rating. So, after Marcel and the studio clearly did not agree on her script, two other writers, including Wolverine screenwriter Mark Bomback, we brought in to polish and re-write. But, as we know from previous movie disasters, having too many writers can often ruin a film.
3. NarrationWhile many love the Fifty Shades novels (myself included), there are many structural errors within the original text. For one, Steele continually has a running inner monologue where she questions her love of Grey as well as her "inner goddess's" desires (okay, so it's not great writing). But, this may be a tricky aspect to pull off in a film, unless they do so through voiceover – which is a tacky and bad cinematic move. Hopefully, the film will be able to portray the text in a flattering and convincing way. The novel was, after all, a huge bestseller, so there is clearly something there that readers love.
4. DirectingOk, this may sound a little anti-feminist, but during the process of choosing a director, I was hoping for some like David Fincher or Sam Mendes to step and make the film a Hollywood Blockbuster as well as a twisted, yet loving romantic epic, and I wanted that person to be a man. To me, as a reader, Grey was always the main aspect that needed more explorations, but, since the novel was written by a woman, for woman, and from a woman's perspective, he was never completely investigated. But, maybe a male director could change all that and really dive into the male psyche. Unfortunately (for me), the studio went the indie route and chose Sam Taylor-Johnson, a director whose biggest credit is Nowhere Boy, a film about John Lennon. While Taylor-Johnson may very well make this film a masterpiece, perhaps the studio would have been better off going with someone with more experience. After all, they did pick Oscar-nominated producers Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca to head Fifty Shades, so choosing a big-name director (male or female) would have made sense.
All right, so hopefully I'm terribly wrong about all this and Fifty Shades will turn into a perfectly acted, directed and written work of art. But, until we know for sure, we'll just have to continue speculating about every single new piece of information we get.
Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to be released Aug. 1, 2014.
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True Blood star Luke Grimes has been cast opposite Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the movie adaptation of the E. L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. Grimes will play Christian Grey's brother Elliot in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson hopes to start shooting next month (Nov13).
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