In an exclusive published on April 23, Pettyfer was reported to have been cast by director Gus Van Sant as the sexually warped character for a screen test in a bid by Van Sant to take the helm for the upcoming movie version of the explosive, chart-topping book.
Speculation over the actors who may land the highly anticipated parts has been buzzing for more than a year. Leading contenders for the Grey character include every hot Hollywood hunk, but the rumor is the role would be handed to a relative unknown. Pettyfer certainly fits the bill - for now.
He's currently shooting the remake of "Endless Love" in Atlanta and was cast in the pivotal scene in which ingénue Anastasia Steele loses her virginity to Grey. Every Hollywood actress is on the hunt for that role, rivaling the search for Scarlett O'Hara, but producers have hinted they'll be looking for a fresh face for the part as well.
So, for the time being, the mystery continues. Whether Alex Pettyfer eventually gets the part remains to be seen. But it would be monumentally unfair if he turns in a perfect test only to lose the part to some other hunky flavor of the week in La La Land.
It would just make the whole story even juicier.
What do you think? Who do you want to see in the movie version?
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