The Internet is buzzing with speculation as to which actor will land the coveted role of Christian Grey in “50 Shades of Grey” now that Charlie Hunnam has jumped ship. Below is the updated list of actors who are being considered for Charlie Hunnams’s part, based on October 20 and October 19 news reports from EntertainmentWise, KPopStarz.com, the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News, Crushable and others.
This 31-year-old Northern Irish actor and former Calvin Klein model seems to be the current frontrunner. He reportedly has already been contacted by Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley. However Jamie’s singer-actress wife Amelia Warner is pregnant, which could complicate matters.
The 27-year-old son of Clint Eastwood rose to fame overnight after posing for a sexy shoot with Town & Country, posting a shirtless shot of himself from the set of “Fury” which also stars Brad Pitt. Scott has been endorsed by Vanity Fair.
- Francois Arnaud
This 28-year-old French Canadian actor, best known as Cesare Borgia in Showtime's "The Borgias", has been approached for the role, as well.
- Matt Bomer
A fan favorite, the 36-year-old "White Collar" star , was part of a Change.org petition launched by fans to put him in the coveted role. According to the Mirror, bookmakers say he has the bestodds.
- Ian Somerhalder
Fans of 50 Shades of Grey have expressed a strong desire for this "Vampire Diaries" star to play the role of Christian Grey. He reportedly wants the role but the book's author, E.L. James, wasn’t especially interested in him.
- Christian Cooke
This 26-year-old British actor who was on the original 'wish list' is being reconsidered. He and Jamie Dorman were allegedly competing for the part before Hunnam was cast.
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson
The 23-year-old husband of the film's 46-year-old director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, was reportedly one of the first choices for the role before Hunnam was cast. However it was felt that having his wife direct him would be difficult.
- Alexander Skarsgard
The True Blood actor is relatively comfortable with the nudity required for the role, but his age, 37, considered to a strike against him.
- Garrett Hedlund
Garrett was initially offered the role of Christian Grey but due to scheduling conflicts had to turn it down.
- Theo James
Along with Christian Cooke and Garret Hedlund, Theo was also on the original 'wish list' to play the part of Christian Grey. He too, is being considered now that Charlie Hunnam has dropped out..
- Billy Magnussen
This 28-year-old major up-and-comer is cast in the HBO series The Money and in the Disney production of” Into the Woods” which is currently shooting in London.
- Luke Bracey
This 24-year-old Australian actor. best known for playing Trey Palmer on the Australian TV show “Home and Away” is also in the running.
Other contenders for the role of Christian Grey include Ryan Gosling, Henry Cavill, and Alex Pettyfer, James Franco, and of course Robert Pattinson, who has already turned the role down.
No offers have been made yet, but studio executives are expected to make a decision within the next few days.
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