Oct 14

The Cruel Internet Wins: Charlie Hunnam leaves ’50 Shades of Grey’

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 8:59 am

After months of speculation as to who would play the fully-rounded character of Christian Grey for the adaptation of the popular sex book 50 Shades of Grey, it was revealed recently that the part would be played by Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam. That particular decision sparked off a minor online kerfuffle from certain sections of the internet. Those particular fans of  the erotic triptych went so far as to launch a petition to oust Hunnam from the project.

Well you know what? You win, internet

It was announced over the weekend that Hunnam would be stepping down from the film, citing scheduling issues with his Sons of Anarchy commitments. But in the film industry, when someone says they’re leaving because of scheduling, you know it’s definitely not because of scheduling.

Who will replace him?

Now that there’s a beefcake-shaped hole in this movie, you will no doubt be hearing loads about Matt Bomer. Best known as one of the ‘less-talkative’ male strippers from Magic Mike, Bomer has long been mentioned in connection with the character. This is apparently due to the fact he’s a dead ringer for the character (as described by E.L. James’ Faulknerian prose).
If you think about it, this isn’t the kind of role any serious actor wants to be associated with. Suggestions that Ryan Gosling is going to take the part is total rubbish. Unless they offer him an inordinate amount of money, he’s not going to do anything to jeopardise his credibility.

The most likely outcome is that they’ll cast a relative unknown. Robert Pattinson had next to no profile when he joined Twilight and the producers of 50 Shades will have been looking to that franchise as a template for success. A television actor like Bomer or The Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder are likelier candidates than anyone on the A-list.

Another name recently mentioned is True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård. Like Somerhalder, the Swedish actor has in established fan base from the HBO vampire show that heavily coincides with 50 Shades devotees. But in reality, Skarsgård will be reluctant to appear as brooding eye candy in another franchise with insane fans, no matter how good the money is.

Basically, no one knows (or cares) what’s going to happen with this project. It could go on to win an Oscar for all we know.

Who do you think should play Christian Grey?

Your guess is as good as ours. Leave us your opinion on the comment board below!

28 Responses to “The Cruel Internet Wins: Charlie Hunnam leaves ’50 Shades of Grey’”

  1. sue stone says:


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  3. Lucy says:

    Ryan gosling!!

  4. rachel says:

    Love love love ian and his brooding good looks but its true that matt bommer is almost identical to how greys described in the books just needs the copper hair!

  5. Chris says:

    Definitely Ian somerhalder over than Matt Bomer. He would be forever known as something rhyming with Bomer…

  6. Cheryl F says:

    It’s a no brainer! Definitely Ian Somerhalder….it’s all in the eyes

  7. CherylF says:

    Ian Somerhalder

  8. Tracy C says:

    Ian Somerhalder – definitely gets my vote!

  9. Becky says:

    Matt oooo soo sexy bomer

  10. Natalie says:

    Matt Bomer was always my Mr Grey!
    It’s those eyes!!

  11. Evelyn R says:

    Ian would be good he has those come over here and jump in eyes yummmmmmy

  12. Alex says:

    Alexander Skarsgård is far more handsome and not so boyish!

  13. Sandra Stanley says:

    Please please please please let it be ian somerhalder

  14. Tina Kadir says:

    Alexander Skarsgard all the way……..

  15. cat says:

    Daniel craig obviously!

  16. Rebecca says:

    Tom hardy would be great

  17. Lorraine says:

    It has to be Ian Somerhalder, so sexy!

  18. Karen says:

    Give it to

  19. Karen says:

    A completely unknown actor

  20. Sally says:

    I think it should be Ian Somerhalder.

  21. tracey says:

    Ian somerhalder or English actor Rupert Perry Jones

  22. su papworth says:

    Alexander Skarsgard should definitely play the part he is sooo hot

  23. Karen says:

    just think of someone you would like to tie you up!

  24. Karen says:

    Brad Pitt!

  25. Karen says:

    Michael Fassbender

  26. tina scott says:

    Ian somerhalder

  27. Nicola says:

    Ryan Gosling or Jensen Ackles

  28. genna says:

    i think people should just let the producers do their job.

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