Ian Somerhalder is stirring up casting rumors once again as the star tweeted "wheels down in Rainy LA-in search of a movie..." on March 7. The "Fifty Shades of Grey" hopeful is making his second trip to Los Angeles within weeks of each other, causing speculation that he may be on the Christian Grey short list and has returned to continue the auditioning process. Shortly after Somerhalder's early morning message a Sulia contributor asked the inevitable question, "is Ian's tweet about being in L.A. a hint that he is auditioning or meeting with filmmakers for the Fifty Shades movie?"
The "Vampire Diaries" star is currently using his time off from filming to grow his charity, ISF, as well as scout for movie roles. Somerhalder, 34, has an open schedule and admitted in the past that he is interested in the coveted role of Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey" saying, "I absolutely would be up for that. It could be very, very amazing. I have the book and I just started reading it. That would be a pretty incredible thing, and hopefully that could pan out." This perfect storm of interest, availability and movie hunting tweets could lead fans to believe he has a shot at landing the part. E L James has also hinted at favoring Somerhalder but revealed during Oscar week that her favorite may not be who people expect.
All this back and forth could give "greysessed" fans whiplash but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson wants "Fifty Shades of Grey" ready for a Summer 2014 release which means filming would need to begin in Fall 2013. In short, casting will have to take place by this Summer, leaving fans a few more months to endure rumors and speculation.