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"Fifty Shades of Grey" Release Pushed Back to 2015

WILL OLIVER/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fifty Shades of Grey movie will not hit theaters as scheduled next August.  Variety reports Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced Wednesday that the highly anticipated film will instead premiere on Feb. 13, 2015.

Fans and industry experts alike thought a delay was coming, especially since the film was forced to replace its lead male star at the last minute.  Charlie Hunnam dropped out of his role as billionaire Christian Grey last month, forcing studios to replace him with Jamie Dornan, who will star opposite Dakota Johnson.  She's been cast as college student Anastasia Steele.

The casting change resulted in production on the adaptation of E.J. James' erotic bestseller being delayed for a full month.  As previously reported, production will now begin on Dec. 2. notes releasing the movie on Feb. 13, one day ahead of Valentine's Day, may be a smart move by producers.  The new release date is also the Friday before President's Day 2015, giving moviegoers a four-day weekend to catch the flick.

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