Robert Pattinson Was E.L. James' First Choice for Christian Grey but She Didn't Get Her Way

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robert pattinsonFifty Shades of Grey fans were left stunned this weekend when author E.L. James revealed that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson will be playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of her wildly popular soft-core book. Most seemed to be pleased with the choice of Johnson for Ana, but many were all the hell? when they heard about Hunnam. For the longest time, it's seemed like the role of Christian would for sure wind up going to either Ian Sommerhalder or Matt Bomer -- Hunnam's name was rarely thrown into the mix. But now it's being revealed that neither Ian nor Matt was ever seriously considered for the role. But you know who was? Robert Pattinson! In fact, according to author Bret Easton Ellis, Pattinson was James' first choice.

Easton tweeted:

"Talked to E.L. James at a party over the summer: her first choice for Christian was Rob Pattinson. She and I were at Rob Pattinson's house when she admitted that Rob was first choice for Christian. When E.L. James asked me who I thought should be Christian I said 'James Deen, of course,' and then she shoved me. We were both very wasted." 

I don't know what's more shocking: The fact that Ian and Matt were never considered for the roles, or that Robert Pattinson was James' first choice. Now, don't get me wrong, I think Rob is smokin', but first choice? Really? Totally can't see him in that role. In fact, I can see Kristen Stewart as Anastasia more than Rob as Christian.

And poor Charlie Hunnam. Not only are fans expressing their disappointment in him being cast in every corner of the world wide web, now Bret Easton Ellis is telling the world that he was James' runner-up for the role.

No matter what, there was going to be an uproar when the casting for Fifty Shades of Grey was finally revealed. We've all created images of who we think the perfect Christian and Ana are in our heads, and how could anyone top that? Even Ian or Matt?

That said, I think we'll all warm up to Hunnam playing Grey just fine.

Were you surprised by the casting choice?


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sylph... sylph_ironlight

Of course he was her first choice. She wrote 50 Shades as a Twilight fanfiction.

GleeFan GleeFan

Not surprised at all. Considering that 50 Shades of Grey was originally a AR/AU Twilight Fan Fiction that she wrote titled "Master Of My Universe"

Lori Martinson Cyples

Notsurprised, but not disappointed either.  SOOO much better than Ian or Matt!  Highly disappointed in the choice for Ana though....EWW!

Rona Levinsky

Unfortunately, I think they will suffer at the box office.  Terrible choice for the cast.  Beyond disappointed. 

Eddie... EddiesMama83

Wouldn't Ian Sommerhald be a bit too old for the role? 

Cindy Mackey Keckler

I don't think so if you know Charlie's ability. He has the right attitude for the part and a very nice body to go with it. Watch his show on FX


Jennie Ballew

i think the choices picked were perfect,patz no,matt no ian no,ana perfect,new is best,,,,,,

Jennie Ballew

the movie is gonna be watched no matter who was picked but the choices were picked right,,,,,,

Shawn Goodmon

I will give them a chance and watch the movie and THEN make an opinion. Does anybody remember how everybody hated Rob being Edward?? Then the movie came out and it was Rob love..give them a chance to show us what they can do and how they handle the various red room moments on the big screen. Be interesting to see what is included and what has to be left out..remember the ewww factor with the tampon..look forward to seeing what is put in. Besides..there will be alot to see the movie that never read the books..always is.

nonmember avatar Jessica

Are people forgetting that Christian is based off of Roberts interpretation of Edward. I think Charlie will need a lot of work. Not my choice but neither was anyone else. I can't see anyone else but Robert and Kris in those roles.

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