From fan faves like Ian Somerhalder to little-knowns like Oliver Jackson-Cohen, it feels as though just about any and every hot actor in Hollywood has been rumored to be under consideration for what might be The Lead Role of the Century -- Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. But if you were to believe a PhotoShopped Entertainment Weekly cover making its way around the web, you might think one man had already risen to the top of the heap ... His name's Matt Bomer.
The White Collar actor appears on the EW cover, above the caption, "Fifty Shades of Grey: The wait is over. Matt Bomer talks about changing the white collar for a grey tie." Uh, judging from that, you'd be certain that the films' producers had already cast him in the role, right? But you'd be mistaken.
The fake EW's cover -- created by Dann Barba, a fan campaigning for Bomer to score the role -- took a bunch of us for a major ride!
The truth is that Matt hasn't scored the role, and Fifty producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti have said "no one has been cast in any role," as they are set on tying down (ha ha) "a writer and director first." Geeze, I'm almost starting to feel bad for anyone attached to this production; they probably have to have pre-scheduled tweets going out every 24 hours denying that these roles have been cast!
Guess you can't really blame this fan for her creation, being that this little trick was just an extreme example of something all media is doing right now. And it's our faults for falling for it, too, because we're just that obsessed with who will be cast as Christian Grey! Seriously, has there ever been a hunt for a leading man like this before??!
That said, we should better resign ourselves now to the hype. It's not gonna go away anytime soon. And when they do cast the role, the obsession will only morph into how The Chosen One will be on-screen. Ah well. Kinda makes me feel like we should embrace the mystery for now -- and enjoy this guessing game for as long as it lasts!
Were you duped by the EW cover? Are you enjoying the guessing game and rooting for your "chosen one" to win the role?
Image via Dann-Barba.tumblr.com