In latest “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie casting news this week, Enstarz reported this Friday, Jan. 18, that Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries” has once again topped a fan casting poll and recently opened up on the hotly anticipated role of Christian Grey in EL James’ steamy novel-into-film adaptation. In addition to the film producers reportedly already having some “possible names floating about” for potential actors, Fibre2Fashion added this Saturday that Matt Bomer’s newly announced suit-and-tie clothing line has also raised support for the “White Collar” star’s run for the lead part.
Ian Somerhalder has always been a fan favorite of many female readers for the part of Christian Grey since a film adaptation for “50 Shades of Grey” was first announced, and that popularity has only continued to increase this week. From his intense gaze to his casting role in “The Vampire Diaries,” the gifted actor, 34, has also voiced his interest in appearing as Ana Steele’s lover on the big screen as well.
It was only a couple weeks ago that Ian Somerhalder took to Twitter to auction off his own marked copy of the “50 Shades” novel along with a handwritten note for his charity organization. The television star also opened up to “Mr. Porter” that as much as he enjoys the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie casting talk, it’s only rumors for now.
“There’s nothing official,” he said in regards to a question about the casting of Christian Grey. “But there’s a website you can go to where you can make your basement like a dungeon. So, I thought I’d get prepared, just in case [I was cast]!”
The talented Matt Bomer is another TV actor whose name has been linked to that of Christian Grey by many supportive fans, though the “White Collar” star has said little on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie or casting role just yet. Yet followers continue to keep Bomer near the top of many casting polls, and were quick to notice that with his recently revealed new line of clothing of suits and ties based on “White Collar,” it’s a perfect chance for “Matty” to show off his business skills.
While the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie screenwriter Kelly Marcel opened up in an interview in early Jan. that casting would not take place until a director had been found and script completed, she interestingly did mention that there was a likelihood some possible actors’ names had been already been mentioned by the film team, as she was reported saying that there have been: “some names that have been floating about,” according to WetPaint.
Of course, there are quite a few other Christian Grey contenders that not only fit the bill of the smoldering CEO, but have also done very well in the casting polls and are often mentioned by fellow “50 Shades” fans. The latest competition was none other than the handsome “Man of Steel” Henry Cavill, who was named the 2013 Breakout Star and linked to the film after his agents reportedly met with producer Dana Brunetti in early Jan.
Stephen Amell of “Arrow,” “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard, Garrett Hedlund, and Alex Pettyfer have also often been thrown into the mix by fans, so it’s likely that EL James has at least had many of these actors on her mind at some point or another as she works with Kelly Marcel on the screenplay. And, controversial as it may be, there is always the possibility that EL James will choose an entirely dark-horse actor to be cast as Christian.
Who do you see as your ideal Christian Grey in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie and why? With a blend of charm, sexuality, power, and inner complexity, one thing is certain: an actor with both looks and talent will need to take control — pun intended — of this career-changing casting role. The coming script will no doubt play a role in choosing the specific sides or "shades" of Christian that will be presented. The inner goddess and rest of the film team are more than capable, but certainly seem to have their work cut out for them in the coming months.
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