Charlie Hunnam is the new Christian Grey frontrunner for ’50 Shades’ movie

Another day, another casting rumor about the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. Last I heard, Sam Taylor Johnson (the director) and producers were still very much auditioning actors for the Christian Grey role. I still haven’t heard ANYTHING about Ana Steele before today. Is that weird? It seems like the Ana Steele role is seen (correctly) as a non-entity, a nothing part. Everybody is so focused on Christian Grey, I guess, because he’s the object of so much lust. Well, the last I heard was that producers offered the role to Garrett Hedlund but he turned them down. And now here’s an interesting rumor:

Give Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam this much: He’s diversifying. Or, at least, he will be if the producers of the Sam Taylor-Johnson directed adaptation of your mom’s favorite erotica, 50 Shades Of Grey, have anything to say about it. Already firmly ensconced within fanboy circles thanks to his breakout TV role and his ongoing relationship with director Guillermo Del Toro – who has also cast Hunnam for his upcoming Crimson Peak – Twitch has learned that Hunnam has emerged as producers’ prime target to play, and I quote, “handsome, yet tormented billionaire” Christian Grey.

And whose bosoms will be heaving? There have been long standing stories circulating regarding both Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones and both remain in the running along with Alicia Vikander.

Somehow this is not the first time we’ve written about 50 Shades of Grey on Twitch. I’m not sure how that’s possible.

[From Twitch Film]

Charlie might want to consider this. I’m being completely serious. While Pacific Rim didn’t bomb completely, I think the studio will probably just make their money back on that bloated mess. His work in films has been hit-or-miss, and he’s mostly famous for Sons of Anarchy. Taking the Christian Grey role would probably be good for his career in the long-term. Seriously. Plus, he has a really amazing body and he would have to shave off that flesh-beard. It’s a win!

As for the casting rumors about Ana Steele… dear God, I really hope they don’t hire Shailene Woodley. That would be WRONG. But Felicity Jones? That’s a good choice. Alicia Vikander would be good too.

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  1. Buckwild says:

    Alicia Viklander would be perfect.

  2. blue marie says:

    I can’t see why anybody would attach themselves to this movie, it would probably be better to go with unknowns. Either way though, I have no plans to see this straight to Skinemax movie.

    • ZigZagZoey says:

      I so AGREE! It is so below Charlie, I just can’t see him doing it ~ He’s way too cool for this crap. Please don’t do it Charlie!
      And while I do think Charlie is gorgeous, I don’t think his looks match the descriptions of CG. I could only get thru the first book anyway, and HATED it.

    • Samigirl says:

      The *only* reason would be $$$$. This movie will be crap, just like the book. But, it will definitely increase the bank account for all involved.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Everyone is saying the movies will make bank, but I am not so sure, when it comes to DVD sales yes, but BO?
        If they stay true to the books it will be a straight up S&M porn movie, now would you like to watch that together with lots of people in a cinema or at home?

      • Tig says:

        Think the comment below is interesting- FSOG hit it big via ebooks/kindle- so no one knew what a person was reading. Admittedly, that was some time ago, but really have a hard time seeing folks lined up to see this at a theater. At home? That’s where the $$$ will be made- streaming and VOD.

        Don’t see this guy as CG- still hoping for an unknown.

      • Samigirl says:

        I think they will be huge at the box office. Look at the success of Magic Mike. Women and their girlfriends were flooding the theaters to see it. I was one of them. Just knowing I’d get to see Matt Bomer strip did it for me. I think the box office will be a success and the DVD rentals/sales will be INSANE.

      • Anna says:

        samigirl, Magic Mike was mostly an anomaly -Succesful- but also didn’t have the stigma of FSOG. Magic Mike was also related as a comedy with background. While the film is around strippers have some prestige.

        Also, for every Basic Instinct and Magic Mike we have Strip tease, Body of Evidence and another failures of this genre.

        Finally, we have the recent bombs of book adaptations. It’s not a perfect formula.

  3. Aiobhan says:

    Why won’t they let this movie and the book die? There is much better erotica out there. I can give you /them a list of books that are ten times better.

    His flesh colored beard makes me sad and sick for some reason.

  4. Sixer says:

    The horror, the horror…

    … that is all.

  5. Mom2two says:

    I think Charlie is a looker and a good actor. Probably because Sons has a couple of more seasons to go before it’s done, I don’t think 50 Shades will hurt his career but I don’t think it will help it either. I would only say it, avoid it Charlie, so I won’t go see it. If he’s in it, I’ll watch, I am sad to admit. My Charlie Hunnam love knows no bounds.

  6. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Those movies wouldn´t be good for the career of any actor. If they are true to the books which they have to be if they want to cash in on the book phenomena, it will be straight up porn, while porn itself isn´t a bad thing, it will affect the careers of these actors negatively in the aftermath. I doubt any respected director will consider them for their new oscar bait movie after that, I can´t see Scorsese giving Jenna Jameson a call either.
    I like Charlie so no.
    Also Pacific Rim was awesome when it comes to blockbusters, smh.

  7. GiGi says:

    Justin Bieber should play Xtian Grey.

  8. LadyBird83 says:

    He’s not pretty enough, dont get me wrong he’s handsome, just not a great choice for the character. I’m sorry but I saw someone preppy hot as Christian. Someone more along the lines of Matt Bomer pretty but younger. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is beautiful and has a fantastic body but he also has a baby voice. (Kind of like Beckham)

  9. DreamyK says:

    I don’t care how you dress it up..Charlie doesn’t look like a self made billionaire at the age of 28.

    Also, Grey’s hair is copper colored..not sure Charlie would be a Hot Ginge or not.

  10. Mia 4S says:

    The movies are a punchline before they’re even out. I get the ongoing impression they are offering it or floating the idea to A and B List actors and are getting laughed at. Sure actors will say they want the role to appease the book’s fans of questionable taste (and sanity). But this is an opportunity for C listers to make a name, not a coveted A list project.

  11. pretty says:

    omg omg he would be so HOTTTT.
    I loved Pacific Rim so so much!! and he was so….hot. !!! >__<
    i would want him to,,kind of cut his hair shorter than those pictures above, though. :) )

  12. grabbyhands says:

    Please do not be stupid enough to commit career suicide just as you’re really starting to hit the big screen. There’s a reason no serious actor is coming near this role.

  13. Shelley says:

    He is no Christian Grey..meh

  14. Katie says:

    Does Charlie know he’s the frontrunner? He seems like someone who has standards, but you never know with people in Hollyweird.

  15. Jennifer says:

    He’s 33, which is at the border of the age range it was said they were looking at. He is handsome but not beautiful, which seems to be the aesthetic they are going for. Of the three ladies, I would think Felicity Jones is the frontrunner.

    I find Sam Taylor Johnson fascinating and I’m extremely pleased that she was chosen to direct.

    • Mia 4S says:

      Here’s the thing about Sam Taylor-Johnson for me. Her life is very interesting…her work as a director though? Nowhere Boy was a good but very far from great movie. And…what else? I just feel like there is a lot of projection about how interesting her personal life is on to her as a director. I’m thrilled another female director is getting work, but I wouldn’t say she’s proven herself a fascinating director (yet?).

      • Tapioca says:

        Exactly. The age gap is the only interesting thing about her.

        I’m not sure if she’s playing a trick on all of us or not, but her work as a “Young British Artist” is exactly the kind of derivative, pretentious garbage that highlights why modern art is seen as such a joke.

        That said 50 Shades was also hilarious (-ly awful), so maybe they’re made for each other!

  16. Bijlee says:

    No. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this guy. Please don’t involve yourself in this mess.

  17. Bacon! says:

    No way in hell this is true – Charlie’s not dumb enough to go anywhere near this garbage. No one with any actual talent/sense/an agent who can string one sober thought together is going to be attached to this crap.

    Now, having said that – I would watch the ever loving shit out of 50 Shades of Jax Teller.

  18. Pants says:

    The only way he should be in 50 Shades is is he’s reenacting it… With me… In my room.

    Otherwise, NO.

  19. ZAK says:

    Hunnam was terrible in Pacific Rim and has been a wannabe movie star for over a decade, I honestly don’t care if he takes the role or not. Pacific Rim wasn’t exactly a hit (the studio only gets 25% of the money a movie makes in China) so I could see him doing it. All of these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt though.

  20. lucy2 says:

    They need to give up trying to get a name actor. Anyone established shouldn’t do this. It should be some unknown, or some much lower tier actor looking to move up the ladder.

  21. Sisi says:

    seriously what kind of woman would want to play a nonentity -_-

  22. Amory says:

    I haven’t read the book, but would the movie be much different than American Psycho? That brought a lot of attention to Christian Bale at the time. Of course, that’s because Christian Bale can act, and I know nothing about this guy.

    • CC says:

      American Psycho is more about the depravity of the human mind, we see no redeeming qualities in Patrick Bateman, nor are we meant to. 50 shades is the typical abuse tale “my love can change him”. Think more Beauty and the Beast (another tale that people shouldn’t find romantic, seriously, she was a hostage!), except without the charm, or the songs or the caricatures.

  23. Josie says:

    Ugh no…… just no. He’s no Mr Grey

  24. pf says:

    I’m surprised no one has yet mentioned Charlie’s role in the original Queer as Folk.

  25. bettyrose says:

    Gawd that means I’d actually have to watch this pointless swill. I have less than no interest in it, but I’m not letting the rest of the world catch glimpses of Charlie’s awesomeness that I don’t get to see.

  26. Seany D says:

    Nobody cares about the female lead because she’s a Mary Sue. It literally does not matter who they cast as long as she’s in her 20s, vapid, and conventionally attractive. There are thousands of no-name actresses that fit that description.

    Goddamnit these movies are going to be so fucking terrible. Hunnam is far too good for this horseshit.

  27. tealily says:

    I want him to do me. He is a gorgeous, gorgeous man.

  28. kg says:

    i love heem. i want him so bad please let him be christian for the love of god!!!

  29. umyeah says:

    The book was so awful and horribly written, but if they can take the general idea and storyline and do something artistic (darker and more indie style) with it, it might be halfway decent. It would be interesting to see if they cast lesser known actors in this, which would probably be the way to go. Make it less cheesy and hopefully not like twilight! Ugh.

  30. Amanda G says:

    I love him on SOA, but I can’t picture him as Christian Grey. Honestly, Alex Skarsgard is about the only man I can see playing him, but I don’t want him to, because he deserves better LOL

  31. angie says:

    Oh no! Not Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander. They are beautiful and talented actresses. I like them both. Felicity was great in like crazy and breathe in. And Alicia was also really good in a royal romance and Anna Karenina. They are way too good for a movie like that.
    I hope their agent doesn’t let them near this mess, they should just hire bad actors and actresses from the CW or call Ashley Greene.

    • Anna says:

      100% agreed on that.

      Right now Felicity Jones is having Oscar buzz for her performance in “The Invisible Woman” as Charles Dickens mistress and next will be Stephen Hawkins’s wife with Eddie Redmayne. Meanwhile, Alicia Vikander will star Harvey Weinstein’s “Tulip Fever” and make “U.N.C.L.E.”. Making this film will bury their credibility as a serious actresses. Equal for all the actors.

      The best they can hope will be James Deen as Christian Grey (lol) – But then, he starred a similar role in “the canyons”, he doesn’t lose anything and he’s not shy to sexual intercourse. Maybe Ashley Green or Amber Heard will make Anastasia. They are so desperate after all…

    • Lauren says:

      Felicity has read the books and she liked them. She’s even expressed interest in the part and then later on when asked if she’d do it she said she’d like to see a script first, which is what any professional actor would say about any part. Point is, she’s intrigued by it.

  32. Tiamet says:

    I like this actor and I would lose all respect for him if he appears in this movie. 50 shades is not BSDM, it’s rape and abuse and filming it and still trying to claim this is just an alternative lifestyle is just wrong.

    I’m not part of the BDSM lifestyle, but I’ve read reviews by people who are and they are horrified that gullible young women are being persuaded this sort of behaviour is normal in their community.

    Also, the battered women’s charities have come out against it wholesale.

    Unless there is an immense amount of rewriting, any actor who takes part in such a film can only be doing it for the money without the slightest consideration of the message being sent.

    • CC says:

      Not to mention that this whole “project” is viewed as a complete joke.

      Think of:
      - snuff films vs normal films
      - reality TV vs normal TV

      I seriously think this is a career derailment for any actor wanting to do serious projects, if it’s a bomb, you’re attached to it, if it’s a success, you get typecast. Lose-lose.

  33. Havik says:

    I think he’ll give this one a miss, as many before have stated, he’s a smart bloke and no matter of gutting and rewriting can save this adaptation.
    Unless they play it totally straight and show the relationship between the two leads for what it is; abusive. Turn it into a cautionary tale of sorts, but that wouldn’t market so well *sighs*

    And Kaiser, I think you’re a bit harsh on Pacific Rim, it did quite well worldwide. Just because there’s giant robots does not a Bayformer make ;) (Though I should state my bias, I grew up watching films like Gorgo and the ’54 Godzilla movie. Now that 90′s pseudo-Godzilla, THAT was a bloated mess!)

  34. Miss M says:

    Too many b*tches to shank and side-eye on this thread. I just can’t! Argh!

  35. Maria_Spain says:

    I Saw him on the queer as folk brit version …ehm…. ill pass in this one .

  36. ike says:

    Justin Theroux should do it. Jen’s stripping in one movie and shoving hot dogs down her throat in another one. Then they’d be on par with one another.
    Desperate roles for desperate people.
    I only read half the book. There’s better writing and more erotica in a harlequin romance than a book that seems to be written by a 14 year old.
    Who knew erotia could be sooo boring.
    Charlie’s a great actor. Hope he runs for the hills on this one.

  37. Side-Eye says:

    Why is this movie even happening?

    Why did the book happen?

    Why did Twilight happen?

  38. kay says:

    MICHAEL PITT please he will be the best.

  39. fallen says:

    Charlie would never do this, he’s too good for it.

  40. Viv says:

    I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, but if Charlie takes the role, I’d go to see it.

    I only hope he takes it if it’s star making material though. He needs the right movie roles.

  41. newtsgal says:

    Don’t do it Charlie… me instead!LMAO!

  42. Dommy Dearest says:

    I want to see him as Green Arrow. He has the look for Oliver. PLEASEEEEE.

  43. LovesGossip says:

    Charlie Who? What about Alexander Skarsgard or Alex Pettyfer . I’ve never really read the book, just skimmed to the “good” parts. As for Ana Steele, what about Lily Collins?

  44. Fefe says:

    Well… For a guy that did Queer as Folk, Christian Grey is nothing to be afraid of… I would go see it.

  45. fan says:

    it can rock his career….something simliar to this is just going on here in Germany. One of the most disgusting books of the last decade, Charlotte Roche’s “Feuchtgebiete” was made into a movie. This movie received tremendously good critics, due to the perfect casting and the actress rocking the movie.

  46. Legal Annie says:

    Worst. Book. Ever. Written.

  47. Jen says:

    Felicity Jones or Emilia Clarke!! Alicia Vikander doesn’t look anything like Ana, and Shailene Woodley is just beyond ridiculous! Charlie is definitely not Christian Grey. Henry Cavill or Max Irons should be cast.