Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder is no longer in the running for the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
Somerhalder was first rumored for the role in July but has since been tied to the TV adaptation of the Crossfire series by author Sylvia Day.
According to a report at HNGN, author E.L. James couldn’t see Ian taking on the role of Mr. Grey. Sylvia Day, on the other hand, is rumored to have pictured Somerhalder as perfect for the dominant Gideon Cross.
Both Grey and Cross have dark pasts which they must confront in order for them to work through current relationships. Also both female characters in both series’ are shy, awkward, and clumsy. Both men also own their own successful companies and engage in erotic BDSM.
50 Shades of Grey has had difficulty finding just the right cast for the movie while Crossfire is being turned into a television series with names already appearing from strong sources. Lionsgate announced the TV series just a short time after acquiring the book series’ rights.
A one-off movie or the chance at another highly successful TV series? This one sounds like a no-brainer for Somerhalder.
Do you think Ian Somerhalder will make for a good Gideon Cross if he really does land the leading role?