Alex Pettyfer might be in contention to play Christian Grey in ’50 Shades’: perfect?

Ever since I read the mess that is 50 Shades of Grey, I’ve been convinced that the film adaptation should be cast straight out of CW. Just give Ian Somerhalder the role of Christian Grey, because that dude is BEGGING for it. And just cast one of those CW girls as Anastasia Beaverhausen or whatever her name is (Anastasia Steele, for those nitpickers). Like, Nina Dobrev would be fine. It’s not like I’m going to see this movie or anything, but if you’re going to cast it, do it Twihard-style and go solidly C-list, with actors who are right for the roles.

But! It looks like some people are taking the 50 Shades film way more seriously than you’d expect. These days, Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant is involved. And they might have found someone B-list for Christina Grey: hot British douchenozzle Alex Pettyfer! I hate to say it, but Alex might be good as Christian. UGH I hate that I just wrote that.

Two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant has shot a steamy sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer as Christian Grey in a bid to direct “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film version of the erotic bestseller, individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

The scene, insiders said, is when the ingénue Anastasia Steele loses her virginity to Grey.

Van Sant previously directed “Promised Land” and “Milk” for Focus Features, which has the rights to EL James’ novel along with Universal Pictures. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing.

Insiders stressed that Pettyfer was cast as Grey just for the tape, not the movie, though Universal just got into bed with the 23 year-old actor on its sexy remake of “Endless Love,” which he is currently shooting in Atlanta. TheWrap was unable to confirm the identity of the actress cast at Steele, the impressionable young woman who falls for kinky billionaire Grey.

Universal and Focus have declined to comment on any list stories, long or short, though a Universal spokesperson said that the studio isn’t out to directors or actors, nor have they commissioned any test reels. WME has also declined comment.

Van Sant has not settled on a follow-up film since wrapping “Promised Land,” which makes him available to begin working on the project as soon as writer Kelly Marcel delivers a finished draft of the script. Van Sant was not officially asked by the studio to shoot a test tape. But doing so may indicate how badly he wants the coveted assignment.

Universal and Focus spent at least $3 million in a bidding war to crack the whip on “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and they’ll certainly be expecting the pop culture phenomenon to be a hit, and a franchise for the studio. Van Sant has only directed one film to cross the domestic $100 million mark — 1997′s “Good Will Hunting” grossed $138 million in the U.S. — and only one more to cross the domestic $50 million mark, as “Finding Forrester” grossed $51 million in 2000.

Van Sant has long been considered a director who confronts themes such as sex and sexuality head-on, from his debut film the “Mala Noche” to the hustlers in “My Own Private Idaho” to Nicole Kidman’s provocative dance in “To Die For” to serving as the executive producer of Larry Clark’s explicit “Kids.”

Van Sant’s candidacy confirms the producers’ intentions to hire a high-class filmmaker to deliver a tasteful adaption of the steamy novel. It’s possible the success of Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie “Magic Mike” and its appeal to female audiences is why Van Sant chose to use Pettyfer in his test tape.

[From The Wrap]

Okay, so it seems like Alex might have just been doing Gus Van Sant a favor and maybe Alex isn’t even interested in the role? But who are we kidding? Alex wouldn’t have done the tape unless he wanted to be considered. And I can hear Ian Somerhalder weeping from here, because Alex fits the description of Christian Grey perfectly, and he would be able to play Grey’s weirdness and creepiness too. And… although Alex seems like a controlling, c-bomb-dropping, moody, entitled bastard, that’s kind of perfect for the role. And he’s sexy in a “Jesus, this guy is a douche but I’d hit it and quit it” sort of way.

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  1. Eve says:

    Eh, Anastasia Beaverhausen sounds a lot better than Anastasia Steele.

  2. aims says:

    I agree. He could be a fit for Christian.

    • LeeLee says:

      Good old casting couch. I’m pretty sure that he and Van Sant got together very close recently.

  3. lori says:

    The fact that this kid is hanging around with Connor Cruise really makes me wonder about him. Xenu may have her claws in him.

  4. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Yeah he is hot, in like a young Jude Law during his peak kind of way. I’ll give him that. But yeah the d0uche is strong in this one and I think he would be good at playing Christian Grey..though there is something even more “sexy creepy” about Ian Somerhalder.

    I dont know why, but I always pictured Chris Hemsworth playing CG. IMHO, he’s the ultimate pick for the role, though I doubt he would take it.

    • A says:

      I don’t find Alex hot. And he’s way too young for the role.
      Ian Somerhalwhatever is aging and balding badly.

      I wouldn’t pay to see either of them on the big screen.

      Matt Bomer, Skarsgård, Hemworths, Supernatural brothers, Pavelka, Henry Cavill or the likes I would so pay to see.

      • andy says:

        The Supernatural brothers would be great. Give both of them the starring roles.

        Jensen-Christian Grey
        Jared-Anastasia

        I have to go and take a cold shower now.

      • A says:

        I would pay a million for that movie, andy! A MILLION!!

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Ooo those are some good options!..Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer are both good choices, and ASkars

    • Z says:

      I agree with you Chris Hemsworth physically fits the description of Christian Grey. He is fierce in the looks department but I do not know acting wise if he could do it. I really do not see Chris taking the part because I do not think its his cup of tea.

  5. Emily says:

    He is the person I pictured the entire time reading. He has the right vibe and looks good :P

  6. V4Real says:

    He would be perfect because he is already a douche so not a far strectch. Let him commit career suicide with this crap.

  7. Scarlettmoon says:

    Two words….Hunter Parrish….yum!

    • k2dazee says:

      Yes Scarlettmoon!!!! I thought I was the only one who thought this!!

    • Dubois says:

      Yes, yes, yes!!! He had that scene in Weeds where he was dressed in black and spanking a girl with a riding crop. He. was. perfect.

  8. Mia 4S says:

    Gus Van Sant? Wow, I know he hasn’t had a moneymaker in years, but this is stooping pretty low!

    Yeah Alex would be fine, this is a C-list, CW quality project all the way. I wouldn’t pay a dime to see it, but the making of has been pretty entertaining!

  9. andy says:

    Why is a respected filmmaker like Gus Van Sant wanting to direct this film? Most of Hollywood seem to consider it a bad career move for anyone involved.

    • mom2two says:

      That’s my question too. Isn’t Gus Van Sant above this crap?
      As for Alex, well let him do the movie and I hope we never hear about him against after that. Because he is a first class douche and any of the stories I’ve read about him have not been nice, so this guy would never be hot to me in any way shape or form.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I don’t think he’s above it at all. He directed My Own Private Idaho (one of my favorite movies) where River Phoenix played a narcoleptic male prostitute.

  10. magpie says:

    Aren’t all these dudes kinda young? I thought Grey was at least 30.

    • Kaiser says:

      I think Grey is supposed to be mid-to-late 20s. Like, he was 27 in the first book maybe?

      • MsCatra says:

        I just started reading the third book ::hangs head in shame:: and he’s 28. No on Pettyfer for me. I have a hard time picturing him giving off any kind of tortured soul vibe. The douchiness is just too strong.

      • aligirl says:

        Agree…..Hard time picturing Alex as a tortured soul….more just a jerk. The character needs to appear redeemable….Alex looks proud of being a douche.

    • kristiner says:

      Alex may be young but honestly the guy looks older for his age. He could pass for a 27 year old guy.

      It’s not impossible and people need to stop getting hung up on ages. Remember Clueless? Stacy Dash was at least 30 playing 17. They’ve been casting older and much younger people in roles forever.

  11. Mimi says:

    I hope he takes the role just so everyone can laugh their asses off at him. The books were horrible and I doubt the movie will be any different. Pettyfer is a complete douche. Why do all the hot guys have to be such a-holes? I ask myself that every time I look at my hubby lol.

  12. Patrice says:

    Yes! This is more like it :D And even though I couldn’t even get past the first two or so chapters of that offensively AWFUL book before getting rid of it, even I can’t deny that Pettyfer has the looks, attitude and swagger to pull of Christian Grey perfectly :) (I never for the life of me undestood how guys like Fassy or Timberlake (ha!) were deemed “in the running” as the book points out more than once how Christian clearly appears to be in his ‘early 20s’).

    If Alex does get cast, I only hope that they dye his hair as I also do remember a strong emphasis on Grey’s “copper colored” locks. C.G. was not a blond.

  13. Dani says:

    UGH NO GIVE IT TO JOSH HARTNETT!!! Am I the ONLY one who sees Josh being perfect for CG??

    But I’d take Alex Pettyfer too because in this disgusting, douchey way he’s really hot.

  14. Miss Kiki says:

    This is fine, Alex is a douchebag, Grey is an even bigger douchebag (abuser) so I have no trouble believing this.

  15. mia girl says:

    Owning the fact that I plan to totally “hate watch” this movie.

  16. Tig says:

    NOOO- pls no! I am coming around to the Stephen A-? guy from Arrow on CW- he could pull it off- there is just too much baggage with this a-hole- didn’t he terrorize Dianna A from the I am #4 movie ( sorry so bad on names today!)

  17. Really says:

    I don’t see this guy. I see someone a little less skinny with a more solid build. This kid looks like a teen, not a man.

  18. Angie says:

    May I suggest someone else for the Christian Grey role?
    I think James Franco and Gus van sant are tight, they did a movie and an exposion together, right? So, I think the Artist Franco would be the perfect choice for Christian Grey. Just another performance art for the great artist of his generation. He would probably love the idea if Kristen Stewart plays Anastasia. Now, that the lip biter is not doing this movie “focus” anymore (and hasn’t a lot of options), somebody need to give her the script and make that happens XD

  19. Jenna says:

    I really hope this movie is never made; I did laugh at the thought of Ian crying over losing this role though. :P

  20. I'm Gonna Leave Soon says:

    Don’t care about any of this, just as long as Alexander Skarsgard, Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and other fine men are well away from being cast I’m all good.

    Some C list douche can have it.

    • Aussiegal says:

      I agree with this in so far as I hope someone gets cast soon and keeps Skarsgard, Fassbender and Bomer well away from it.
      Don’t want any 50 shades of puke on my favourite dong ;-)

  21. Sisi says:

    Christina Grey? lol…

  22. Gia says:

    This guy looks like he’s a sadistic f–ker so I say, perfect!

  23. squeakie says:

    i really think that ian guy is perfect for christian grey, i totally hate read the books they were SO annoying with all that inner goddess/subconscious babble. I was thinking of the cartoon lizzie mcguire in bondage gear the whole time..

  24. GoodCapon says:

    I haven’t read the book (nor will I ever) but isn’t Christian Grey supposed to be handsome ?? ;)

  25. Jennifer says:

    It sure is taking a long time to get this movie made.

  26. serena says:

    Meh, I can’t see him doing that.

  27. Mela says:

    Sorry guys but only way this movie will work is of they get the cast from the book’s original inspiration: Twiight. LOL.

  28. bokchoi says:

    Oh how I hated that book. I stopped and deleted it 3/4 of the way through the first one when I realised that if I died that night, THAT would be what someone who inherited my ereader would see. Total shite.

  29. lylaooo says:

    OH-NOO !! i dont see this gay for CG !! Cg is supossed to be handsome and sexy and Alex its not..at least not for me !! the whole time i pictured Ian … even when in The Vampires Diaries i see him as CG i dont know why… Ian can be a selfich ashole if he wants it…Ian its perfect…and im reading the 2 book ..i dont like but since i started :S

    anyway if they dont put Ian asn CG i wont see this movie!

    and also i think Emilia Clarke or Alexis Bledel are perfect for Anastasi…

    • Eve says:

      “OH-NOO !! i dont see this gay for CG !!

      What a strange comment…so an actor who’s gay (assuming that’s Pettyfer’s case) is not fit to play a straight character?

      Ok, that’s not a strange comment. It’s just stupid.

      • lylaooo says:

        oohh sorry was a mistake…as we say in Mexico… error de dedo! i mean GUY !!!
        i have nothing against homosexuals

      • mia girl says:

        Word.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Seriously, two words: Matt Bomer.

      • lylaooo says:

        yes! or Matt Bommer..but he seems so nice..you know? ohh i dont know i could agree with Matt too.

      • Eve says:

        Ok, Lyalooo, you’re off the hook (for now).

      • Anna says:

        @Stella –

        No no no no million times no. Bomer is a SWEETHEART, a lovely, gorgeous, dreamy sweetheart. PLEASE let’s not taint him with this monstrocity.

        AP is perfect for it bc reeks of douchiness, and even tho I havent read the books (except for a few pages emailed by a friend for ‘educational purposes’), they reek of douchiness too (sorry all the 50SoG fans. I cant EVEN with those books).

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        I don´t want Bomer as Christian Grey, I love him, he is too good for this, he was an example concerning lylaooo´s first misguiding comment due to her typo, for a gay actor who is so hot when playing straight love scenes.

    • lylaooo says:

      @ anna
      i agree with you Matt bommer is so pretty and sweet …

  30. EscapedConvent says:

    Oh, my. How did this guy get to be a thing? In that first pic, he looks so grimy & awful that I was surprised he’d get a job in a movie at all.

  31. Reece says:

    He’s perfect! There’s no way in hell I’m watching that sh*t and I can’t stand him. Two loathings for the price of one. Bargain!

    WTF Gus Van Sant W.T.F?!?

  32. A says:

    I hope people realise that a bad book =/= a bad movie.

    Absolutely shit books have been transformed into amazing movies and I’m still hoping this will be the case here.

    • Rae says:

      Completely agree, the actual premise of a dysfunctional couple would be interesting to watch if done right.

  33. stellalovejoydiver says:

    YES!!! I don´t like him at all, but I find him so sexy, he is my shamefuck! Do it Alex.
    Gus van Sant, really? I think they are going for something like Shame. I only read Jennifer Armintrout´s recaps, but I think if you leave out all the crappy inner dialogue and do some rewriting, this could turn out halfway decent.

  34. j.eyre says:

    I am so ashamed of myself for how long I looked at that second picture of him. 90% of the time, this guy turns my stomach on sight and then, every once in a while, I’ll see a photo and think “well, hello there” until I read who it is and need to stick my head in a bucket as penance.

    Give him Grey – give anyone who wants it Grey, just please make that book go away.

    • Eve says:

      I was so hopeful when I scrolled down that picture…*sigh*

      He also looks good in the third one (it’s his neck, you see).

    • Anna says:

      No. Just no. I have nothing against ‘hit it and quit it’ but he would be the last guy on my list bc his general… everything… just grosses the hell out of me. Plus someone so vain and misogynistic could not be a good lay.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Me, too. I want one weekend of dirty sex with him. He is the perfect shamefuck, hot but has no redeeming qualities about him, unlike Franco who is a douche, but talented, somewhat intelligent, has a good heart, loves cats.

    • Liv says:

      Oh my, I think he’s sooo hot, but I can’t get over his tattoo. He seems to be such an idiot. What a shame.

  35. Eve says:

    Just to clarify: I’ve never read the books (just like I’ve never read the Twilight ones).

    I don’t think I ever will (well, maybe under torture).

  36. Malificent says:

    Hmmm… this might be one of those rare cases like The Bridges of Madison County — where the movie is actually better than the book. Meryl Streep had to knock herself out to de-stupidify that story — but she did it.

  37. anoneemouse says:

    NO! It MUST be Ian Somerhalder – he is HOT!

    • A says:

      Ian is old and bald.

      • Rae says:

        I don’t get the love of Ian S at all, makes me shiver and not in a good way. He does look too old now, has looked too old for his VD character for a season or two. If this movie has any chance for credence, it will leave Ian well alone.

    • lylaooo says:

      he is not that old !! only on age but he looks young! and super hot!! i love his eyes!

  38. OhMyGawh says:

    No. Seems that Alex has burned so many bridges he’s had to resort to this.

    Only person I picture as Grey is Ian Somerhalder.

    • Lisa says:

      I’ve never read it, but I feel like Fassbender would fit the role. Edward Rochester = Christian Grey. Not that he played Rochester so well, but that’s exactly the point. You don’t have to be good for 50 Shades. ;)

  39. Lexi says:

    He is frigen hot, id watch it, if he was christian grey

  40. Lisa says:

    Ummm. I don’t know who he is, but he has bad tatts.

  41. grabbyhands says:

    Well, it’s not like he was ever going to be an A lister anyway, so why not? But I’m pretty sure that Gus Van Zant should be embarrassed about attaching his name to this. Not even he can fix how awful this book is.

  42. Gabby says:

    I’d have to see what he filmed to decide;-) seriously though, if he released it to the public and they liked it, it would also improve his chances at being director.

  43. Apples says:

    I think his ear is holding him back, career-wise. He could be hot if he had it pinned. Hey, Hollywood is shallow.
    As far as acting, he’s a pretty convincing A-hole and kind of hot while in motion/talking. I don’t love these pictures of him but he does have that extra thing that makes you watch him when he’s on screen. I saw him in some Justin Timberlake movie flying home (last year?). I can’t think of the movie but he was the bright spot amongst the weird direction and too many running scenes…

    • I Choose Me says:

      In Time is the movie. He plays a kind of mafia bad guy.

      Wish Matt Bomer’s role in that movie had been longer. He stole the movie in the first few minutes he was in. After his character died everything else went down hill. Shame since I liked the premise of the film so much.

  44. Andie says:

    NOOOOOOO!!! I want Stephen Amell to play Christian. I like Alex, but I can’t picture him as Christian at all.

  45. Moi says:

    Thank you, thank you very much. I’m loving this because as bad as the writing of the book was/is (but the sex sequences aren’t too bad), I’ve always said that this guy should play Christian Grey. I couldn’t even remember his name when I was playing some game about it with friends! Nice. It should totally be this guy.

  46. umyeah says:

    I know he’s too old but Simon baker would be hot as Christian. or the guy from the good wife, Matt czuchry. or even Colin egglesfield.

  47. umyeah says:

    I know he’s too old but Simon baker would be hot as Christian. or the guy from the good wife, Matt czuchry. or even Colin egglesfield.

  48. lady mary. says:

    i always wondered why didnt Stephanie meyer ever sue E.l james for blatant plaigarism? none deserves to be in this badly plotted plaigarized book ,(hic maybe Bomer for the simple reason i wanna se e him in a lead role ,in aa movie where his beautiful face is exploited for our viewing pleasure):)

  49. Nibbi says:

    the sideburns ruin everything on a hot face like that… why break up the cheekbones, whyyyyyy

    god i hate ridiculous sideburns

  50. mw says:

    Why is he wearing two pairs of drawers in the first pic?

  51. Emilie says:

    If he really did get cast I’m sure they’ll rethink their decision as there is a lot of backlash and unhappy fans about this lol personally I’d like to see Ian get the part, Alex looks like he has a small build

  52. Pixidilious says:

    When I read the book (only the first one, I just got through it without bringing up my lunch and switched to hunger games) but all through that book I pictured Alex as Christian. I think he is perfect for the role.