Charlie Hunnam on ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ sex scenes: ‘I can certainly do it’

British actor has been cast as Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson's Anastasia Steele

Charlie Hunnam has insisted he isn’t fazed by the racy scenes he’ll have to shoot for the forthcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

EL James, author of the trilogy of erotic novels tracing the sexual relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey, announced the film’s male and female leads last Monday (September 2). Hunnam will play Grey opposite Dakota Johnson as Steele.

The book has become notorious for its explicit sex scenes, some involving BDSM, but Hunnam batted away suggestions that he could be feeling worried about recreating them for the big screen.“My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man. I mean, I’m 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hunnam also reassured fans that he and Dakota Johnson will be able to capture the passion that James’s characters share on the page. “As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,” Hunnam recalled. “It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”

Nowhere Boy‘s Sam Taylor-Wood is on board as director and Fifty Shades Of Grey is expected to start shooting this November in Vancouver. The film will open in US cinemas on August 1, 2014, though the UK release date has yet to be confirmed.