It’s sounding like Fifty Shades of Grey fans will have to wait longer than expected to find out which actor will replace the departed Charlie Hunnam in the role of 27-year-old billionaire kink enthusiast Christian Grey. The rumor mill ran rampant over the weekend that Focus/Universal would immediately announce who would fill Mr. Grey’s expensive shoes. While the studio still hopes to meet their mid-November start date on director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation, word is that no recasting announcement is imminent. For now the studio remains committed to the movie’s August 4, 2014, release date.
One interesting name said to still be on the short list is True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard. Never mind the fact that at 37, he’s a decade older than the character in the book. Skarsgard brings with him a smooth and easy sex appeal, at once capable of seeming aggressive and damaged. Perhaps even as important, the man has zero qualms about acting in the buff and is beloved for his low maintenance, relaxed off-screen nature. His rep didn’t return a request for comment.
On the other hand, it’s time to officially remove Robert Pattinson from the mix — even though author E L James modeled Christian after a certain sparkly vampire. Word is he’s never been on any studio list, short or long. The notion that he would ever consider the role always seemed ridiculous, as the young man clearly seemed allergic from the get-go to the spotlight and demands that come along with a mainstream franchise. In a recent interview with Germany’s Interview magazine, Pattinson remarked “The real odd thing about this target Twilight group is that they aren’t really teenagers. Most of them are older.… Sometimes I ask myself what these masses of people do the whole day. They sit in front of their computers and comment on anything having even remotely to do with Twilight.”
Those same women likely gobbled up E.L. James’ best-selling series and whatever actor assumes the role better appreciate their devotion.