Well, it did not take too long at all for some more names to surface as possibilities for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie after the exit of Charlie Hunnam from the lead Christian Grey role this past weekend. Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder may be the two names discussed on the internet the most right now, but you cannot rule out, apparently, the presence of another popular TV vampire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” has emerged as a possibility, as has Jamie Dorman, who is best known for his roles on “The Fall” and as the Huntsman on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” This report does not list either Somerhalder or Bomer as really being strong possibilities, despite what you may hear from Twitter at the moment.
One of the biggest obstacles that we saw almost all TV stars running into is the planned November start date. This would not give Skarsgard much time at all to do the movie if he is actually being considered, given that “True Blood’s” seventh and final season could start production late this year or in January. It used to actually start in December, but this was pushed back when the show only made ten episodes for HBO this year. (The same order has been made for next season.) Meanwhile, Somerhalder is completely ruled out, given that he is contracted to “The Vampire Diaries” and he will be relied upon until April; Bomer’s schedule on “White Collar” is a bit more unclear, but we’d still be shocked if he ends up doing the part.
As for why so many TV stars are being routinely considered for this role, the easy answer to that is just that most big-name movie actors may see the Christian part as too big of a risk, and some others are too much of unknowns for the press to catch wind of their names. While we think that TV is more of where it’s at right now than movies, the allure of being in films is still something that many cannot turn away from, unless you’re Charlie Hunnam. In that case he’s done having strange women send their underwear to his house, and really… no one wants your panties ladies, keep them in your dresser.
No matter who lands the role, let’s just hope that they are prepared to handle the rigors that include long days of filming, becoming a star overnight, and having women stalk you every where you go. You can read some more about why Hunnam turned the role away at this link, and attention seemed to be one of the factors in his decision.