5 Things We Already Know About '50 Shades' Recasting of Christian Grey

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jamie dornanCharlie Hunnam's dramatic exit from Fifty Shades of Grey has opened a whole new can of worms related to finding the flick's Christian ... again. Although there's a new short list of eligible contenders (Jamie Dornan? Alex Pettyfer!? Alexander Skarsgard, oh my!) and a LOT of speculation about what's going on behind-the-scenes, there are some facts about casting Christian Grey 2.0 we simply cannot deny.

Here, everything we know (so far) about how Charlie's replacement will be cast ...

  1. You can forget Matt Bomer. Sorry, fangirls and petition-signers, but insiders say there's little chance the White Collar star is going to be able to make Fifty Shades work with his schedule -- and current appearance. Bomer's too busy/skinny right now, as he's playing an AIDS patient in the highly-anticipated HBO flim The Normal Heart.
  2. And you can forget A-listers. The future Mr. Christian Grey will be someone who “needs a career boost” and “can benefit from a high-profile role,” executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter Matthew Belloni says. Plus, execs want to keep the budget below $30 million, so they're not going to pay someone like Ryan Gosling his going rate.
  3. But Ian may be a possibility! Yup. IAN SOMERHALDER (the crowd goes wild!) is rumored to be back in the running, according to the Post. Somerhalder's rep had no comment. If he was totally out of the loop, they would've just said that, right?
  4. Either way, they need someone who comes off as sexy -- but not too in-your-face sexy. “Clearly [Grey] should be sexy but he shouldn’t be wearing his sexiness on his sleeve. There should be some depth to him,” says casting director Brooke Thomas -- who isn't working on the film but must've been quoted for knowing the biz -- tells The NY Post.
  5. E.L. James gets final approval. So no matter what casting directors or even the director Sam Taylor-Johnson may want, Belloni says, “I’m told [E.L.]’s giving a sign-off on everyone." So maybe it'll be Rob after all? Ha!

Who do you think will nab the part?


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Ashley Gray

NO rob....above all, NO ROB! That's all I can really say...I'm totally bummed about Charlie Hunnam but whoever replaces him cannot be rob.

peach... peachpies

No one newly rumored so far does it for me AT ALL. Are they forgetting what Christian looks like?? Jamie Dornan and Christian Cooke are not tall enough and are too scrawny, that Francios guy isn't broad shouldered or masculine enough either. I don't find any of them nearly attractive enough, including Theo James. Christian has to be BEAUTIFUL! But you know...they didn't follow the books when casting for Ana, so I shouldn't be surprised if they don't with Christian. It's already messed up. Dakota playing Ana is already a huge mistake and disasppointment. They've got to replace her or she needs to drop!

nonmember avatar Mary Adams

It has to be Ian. He has the look, the seriousness, the sex appeal, the evil eye, when needed and can pull it off perfectly. It has to be Ian!!!

nonmember avatar Jukie

Why bother it will be some unknown guy nobody in the a cast list wants to be in this movie

nonmember avatar Sue

And I'm hoping no Ian, he's handsome but snarky. I know you can't make everyone happy though

nonmember avatar Sara

Unfortunately they won't replace Ana and so far Dakota hasn't quit. From the many things I've seen the producers don't want her to quit. I personally will be furious of Rob gets it because he is not nearly attractive enough to play the role of sexy and hot Christian Grey.

Karen Bolick

 I am all good with Alexander Skarsgard....hello isnt Eric the Vampire version of Christian Grey...Ian would work too...how in gods name anyone thinks Rob would work or why they cast Dajota is mind boggling...I think the author should let the casting director do what they are paid to do and she should step out...these bookes are going to be ruined otehrwise...

JoAnn Rezutka Van Dyke

I've always wanted Ian, then I started liking Charlie when he got the part, now he's gone. If it isn't going to be Ian,then maybe Scott Eastwood?

nonmember avatar melanie

Not robert Pattinson. He is not good for the part of CG..!!!!

nonmember avatar C

I loved all the books and really want to see the movie but if they cast rob I will NOT be watching it. He's not even cute. And he acting is slightly terrible. I would much rather Ian :)

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