The Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumor mill won’t stop turning, but one potential Christian Grey has stirred up quite the controversy: Matt Bomer.
Writer Bret Easton Ellis recently commented that the Magic Mike star could never star as the BDSM-loving entrepreneur in the film adaptation because the actor is openly gay, but Matt’s White Collar co-star — and former on-screen girlfriend — Alexandra Daddario begs to differ.
“I think he’d be great,” Alex told us at the SuperTrash Flagship Store Grand Opening in New York City on Oct 18. She also noted that he plays a very convincing straight man on White Collar — “Yes, he does. He definitely does.” — which she experienced first-hand during her run on the show.
“ I don’t think that should figure into whether someone gets a role or not,” she added, although she admitted that she hasn’t personally read the erotic trilogy yet.
The actress should jump on the bandwagon, though, because her name has also been tossed around to play Fifty Shades’ doe-eyed leading lady, Anastasia Steele. But if she did land the role, who is her dream “Mr. Grey”?
“Oh my god! I mean that’s sort of like the crème de la crème of men. Pretty much anybody, I guess!” she exclaimed after we named a few leading contenders. “I love Alexander Skarsgard, I love Matt Bomer. Really anyone. There are so many talented, great people out there.”
While she hasn’t heard any more than anyone else about the actual casting, she noted that “it’s really flattering” and “awesome” to be considered. But for now, she is filming the Percy Jackson sequel withThe Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Logan Lerman and has Texas Chainsaw 3D and a guest spot on her favorite show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, coming up.
On the movie front, we can count on her purchasing a copy of Magic Mike on DVD, too. When asked if she saw the film, she grinned, happy to rave about her former co-star.
“I am so excited for Matt, and I think he’s such a charming and wonderful guy, and he’s also so handsome!” she said. “It’s wonderful to see him doing so well.”
Alyse Whitney is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @AlyseWhitney.