Ian Somerhalder vs. Robert Pattinson: Which Vampire Will Score '50 Shades of Grey' Lead Role? (VIDEO)

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Ian SomerhalderWe're currently a nation of women obsessed -- with E.L. James' novel Fifty Shades of Grey, that is. If you haven't already read the bestseller, you are in the midst of doing so, or you're thinking you'd better pick it up on Amazon or your Nook ASAP or else be left out of social conversation altogether. And now that the steamy book's film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures and Focus Features, the upcoming flick version is all anyone in Hollywood can seem to talk about, too. The BIG question right now being: Who is going to play romantic lead sexually dominant billionaire Christian Grey?

There's been buzz that Robert Pattinson is the obvious choice, but on Ryan Seacrest's radio show yesterday, fellow on-screen bloodsucker Ian Somerhalder (of Vampire Diaries fame) chatted about possibly having the opportunity to play Grey.

He told Seacrest:

I absolutely would be up for that. It could be amazing. It could be very, very amazing. I have the book and I just started reading it. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I think that would be a phenomenal opportunity.

Okay, tell us something we don't know, Ian. Any actor with a taste for the next level of fame is salivating over this role. Obviously, it would be "amazing ... very, very amazing" to nail that gig. A coup! And surely, having the experience on Vampire Diaries would give him a leg up, as we know James is a big fan of the undead, and the character of Christian definitely has vamp-like qualities.

But unfortunately, Somerhalder isn't associated with the right franchise. I have a feeling movie execs and James and anyone who is plugged into this zeitgeist know that the number one choice for Christian Grey is RPatz -- all the way. The only way I could see Somerhalder scoring the role might be as a backup choice, if RPatz is busy with something else even more "phenomenal" (which seems implausible, given how HOT the anticipation is for Fifty Shades of Grey).

Then again, when it comes to Hollywood, guess you never know! After all, Lindsay Lohan is playing Elizabeth Taylor. (Gag.) Guess we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that the right leading man lands the coveted role.

In the meantime, check out this video about the 5 need-to-know facts about Grey ...

Could you see Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey? Would you prefer to see RPatz in the role ... or someone else?


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nonmember avatar Jessica

Ian!! Look at those eyes *sighs*...

vanes... vanessa5470

O God, neither! i think they should give to role to someone unknown, a new face.

happy... happymama2D

Ian would be a better choice based soley on looks.  Christian Grey is supposed to be drop dead gorgeous ... Robert Pattinson just doesn't fit the bill ... IMHO.   My best friend and I are obsessed  with the books (lol) and we have picked Eric Winter for the role.  Yum!!!!

Laurlev Laurlev

I'm only on pg. 24 and I can tell you RPatz is not right for Christian Grey. He is not nearly hot enough.

nikielyn nikielyn

Neither would be a fitting choice- just like Tom Hanks wasn't the right choice for the Da Vinci Code, that totaly ruined the movie for me...

Kimberly Fouche

Ian all the way. He makes an amazing vampire and is so incredibly gorgeous.

Ksmomy Ksmomy

I've never read the books but have heard a lot about it in the media. IMHO Robert isn't bad boy enough for this leading role. Now I'm a FAN of Ian's and in Vampire Diaries he is a bad boy and oh so sexy! He can look so sweet and innocent 1 second and mean the next. So I vote for Ian. (Any excuse to see him semi-nude!! OMG)

Lisa Elson

Really hope that Mr Grey is played with a English accent. If not all of my private fantasy's of the character will be shattered ;0)I really must say though Mr R Pattinson looks good in his suits and linen trousers like Mr Grey. Just hope that who ever does play the character, that they dont stray to far from the actual book. W

Sharon Gibson Mullins

are you kidding the only choice is Robert Pattinson, he is drop dead gorgeous and he fits the bill perfectly...Ian please no way not for this role

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