Ian Somerhalder Was ‘Never In The Running’ For ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

Todd Rigney - Author

Sep. 3 2013, Updated 4:56 a.m. ET

Despite what you may have read on your favorite Fifty Shades of Grey fan blog, Ian Somerhalder was never in the running for the big-screen adaptation of the novel.

According The Canyons and American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis, the Vampire Diaries star was never considered for the role of Christian Grey. Fans may have wanted him for the role, but apparently the guy wasn’t on Universal Pictures or Focus Features’ list.

While reports about Ian Somerhalder’s involvement with Fifty Shades of Grey may have been nothing more than wishful thinking, apparently Robert Pattinson was one of the actors author E.L. James sought for the role. Ellis claims the Twilight star was the writer’s first choice.

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Regardless of who was in the running for the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming adaptation, the part eventually went to Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam. The actor will star alongside Ben and Kate alum Dakota Johnson in the flick.

Although Ian Somerhalder may not have been approached to star in Fifty Shades of Grey, that doesn’t mean fans weren’t hoping he’d land the coveted role. According to the Daily Mail, the actor was among the favorite choices in a poll conducted by a sex toy site earlier this summer.

Somerhalder wasn’t the only actor Fifty Shades fanatics wanted to see portray Christian Grey in the adaptation. Henry Cavill, Ryan Gosling, and Michael Fassbender were also popular choices with readers. However, the folks at Universal Pictures apparently have other things in mind for the movie. Production should begin very shortly now that casting is out of the way.

You can find Bret Easton Ellis’ tweet about situation below.

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Are you disappointed that Ian Somerhalder won’t star in the big-screen version of Fifty Shades of Grey? What do you think about Charlie Hunnam playing Christian Grey?


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