The movie producer
De Luca -- who joked he'd been asked about "Fifty Shades" roughly "247 times" on the red carpet -- wouldn't comment on reports that actors Billy Magnussen and Jamie Dornan are the top contenders to step into the Christian Grey role. He did say, however, that he was adamant a newcomer would be best to star opposite
"I feel like everyone has an idea of what these characters look like and sound like, so to present the world with fresh faces -- where no pre-conceived notions or baggage come with it -- is best," he said. "It's like casting Superman or James Bond. A fresh face is appropriate."
Hunnam, best known for his role on FX's
"I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive," said the actor. (Hunnam's father died in May.)
Johnson, 24, remains on board. As for how the actress, daughter of
"I happen to think Dakota could have chemistry with a mailbox," the producer said, adding that filming was still slated to begin Nov. 13. "But we're going to help her out and hook her up with the right person."