Now that Charlie Hunnam has exited the hotly-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling book, we look at 10 actors who could replace the “Sons of Anarchy” star.
The “Kick-Ass” star seemed a likely fit for Christian once wife Sam Taylor-Johnson signed on to helm the “Fifty Shades” adaptation, but he reportedly bowed out of the running. However, another Johnson (Dakota) did join the cast.
“True Blood’s” favorite Swedish vampire campaigned hard for the part of Christian Gray, telling “Access Hollywood” that he “was born to play that part.”
This wouldn’t be Pattinson’s first run as the romantic lead in a wildly popular book-series-turned-movie, as his role in “Twilight” as vampire Edward Cullen thrust him into superstardom. Also, according to a recent Tweet from novelist Bret Easton Ellis, Pattinson was E.L. James’ first choice.
The English model and actor gained a loyal fanbase after roles in “I Am Number Four,” “Beastly” and “Magic Mike.” It’s possible that Pettyfer might be a little too busy to star in this franchise, though, as it’s been rumored that he may be considered to appear in “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
Pinterest boards, Facebook fan pages and homemade trailers have been advocating for the “Vampire Diaries” star to land the part.
Although Hammer said in a Playboy interview that he talked to his agent about the role, he also called the series “mommy porn” and shot down the possibility, despite going into details of his sex life that would make Christian Grey proud. It may be for the best after this summer’s “The Lone Ranger” bomb.
Interestingly enough, while many fans wanted British actor James to play Grey, there was also speculation that his “Divergent” co-star Shailene Woodley would be a good candidate for Steele. However, even though the chemistry would already be there, one huge movie franchise may be enough.
Though his good looks made fans speculate, he apparently wouldn’t want the role if it was offered to him, but not because of its raunchy content. Us Weekly reported that the star, known for roles in “On the Road,” “Tron: Legacy” and “Troy,” rejected the possibility because the trilogy would be too big a commitment.