Well, well, well, it seems like the author of Fifty Shades of Grey had her eyes on another hunk to play the iconic Christian Grey. Reportedly, Ryan Grosling was the first choice for the role but turned it down.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that the Gosling was approached for the role but wasn’t that interested. On The Road’s Garrett Hedlund was also approached, but felt he “couldn’t connect with the character.” There were many big names rumored for to play the billionaire eye candy, Chritian Grey, but the production team wanted to pick an actor who would have great chemistry with whom played Ana Steele. Eventually it was taken on by Pacific Rim actor Charlie Humman.
Speaking of the virginal character, director Sam Taylor-Johnson had her eyes on Dakota Johnson, best known for her role in 21 Jump Street, despite names such as Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots, and Elizabeth Olsen.
News of the lead roles were announced over Labor Day weekend with the producer, Dana Brunetti, noting some fans wouldn’t like who was chosen while on the Northwest Prime radio show. He explained that when one reads a book like Fifty Shades, readers form an array of images of who can play the iconic characters and it would be hard to live up to that.
The film is set for it’s August 2014 release date and fans will get to see Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson heat it up!