We can spend as much time as we like sending out surveys and speculating based on mysterious tweets, but untilUniversal Studios makes an official announcement, we won’t be placing bets! Top contenders for the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie are Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. While Matt is pretty mum on the subject, Ian spends all his time taunting us about the film—auctioning his personal copy of the book, tweeting about reading movie scripts, and even telling TMZ that “you never know” who will end up in the coveted role.
So far, we know that the script is being written by Kelly Marcel, who swopped in to London—where book author E L James lives—earlier this month. We know James is, by contract, will be helping make big movie decisions, so it seems fitting that she should be communicating with Marcel. The two may even be described as friends, if their Twitter correspondence is any indicator. In any case, rest assured that the movie adaptation will be loyal to the books, though Marcel clarified the NC-17 rating rumors, tweeting, “To be absolutely clear I NEVER said what the film would be rated. Only the ratings board can decide what the rating will be.”
Of course, but she has the checklist of what’s allowed in each rating, right? In any case, we’re expecting a big announcement, as James had a big photo shoot in London, which we think means a big surge of publicity is coming up! James tweeted, “Doing a photo shoot today…” Now, if I’m not mistaken, James doesn’t have much else going on, outside of the Fifty Shades universe. So it isn’t outrageous to assume it’s related.
Knowing that Marcel signed on in October, and that the cast won’t be announced until a director signs on is discouraging, to say the least. Honestly, we’re probably looking at a late 2014 release date. But that doesn’t mean the studio won’t fill us in as news becomes official. While they can’t start handing out contracts to actors, we are pretty positive Ian has the part—why else would he be so cocky about it, just to disappoint his fans? No other actor has dared to be so vocal about the film, which we take as confirmation that the choice has been made. Sorry, Matt Bomer. Maybe he’ll end up in a Fifty Shades inspired series, like Crossfire?
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