Ian Somerhalder has some "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans worried after a candid statement made on the March 13 episode of "Watch What Happens Live." The smoldering "Vampire Diaries" star has been called upon by the "greysessed" to don Christian Grey's playroom jeans for the big screen adaptation of E L James' hit erotic novel. Somerhalder, 34, appeared to be very relaxed on the show and when Andy Cohen asked if he would be cast in the coveted role his response was surprisingly suggestive.
"Listen. There are so many young boys in Hollywood that are up for this role. I think they have a very big job ahead of them casting this role. So, I can't say anything other than it's a very interesting story and whoever plays that role is going to have a lot of fun, rehearsal time."
Host Andy Cohen replied with, "Wow! I think that means he's doing it." Fans have had mixed reviews on what his comment could imply, one tweet from an Ian for Christian supporter expresses the general nervousness that Somerhalder was suggesting he would not be cast, "I don't know. I just got a weird vibe from it. Hoping to God I am so wrong!"
Ian Somerhalder has been vying for the role since casting talk began early in 2012. He was even interviewed by MTV News in May 2012 joking about his TV relationship, "I have experience seducing younger women. I'm not saying, I'm just saying." He also called the opportunity to play Christian Grey "amazing." So the facts are simple, Somerhalder was recently in LA "searching for a movie" and the "Fifty Shades of Grey" script was also completed around the same time. Going by his statement, "it's a very interesting story," speculation could be made that he has read the script and is possibly in the running for the part.
Somerhalder is also aware that he is not quite the right age to play a 27 year old billionaire. By the time all three films are released he will be well into his late 30's. The studio is likely nervous about signing such a mature actor, which would explain Somerhalder's curious use of the term "young boys" when referring to who is interested in the role.
Fans desperate to see Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey can still hold out hope. Casting has not officially begun and a director announcement will likely come first. So in the meantime fans should continue supporting their favorites while keeping an open mind to who could be cast. As E L James stated during Oscar week, "it may not be who people expect."