UPDATE: It's confirmed! Charlie will play Christian. Author E.L. James tweeted the news on September 2. Are you excited? Nervous? Disappointed? Other?

Original story:

If you like the rough-and-tumble drama of Sons of Anarchy and the, ahem, rough sex of Fifty Shades of Grey, have we got news for you!

Charlie Hunnam — perhaps best known as Jax on Anarchy — is rumored to be a frontrunner to play Christian in the film adaptation of the erotic E.L. James novel.

Twitch reports that Universal Pictures wants Charlie to play the sexually-domineering billionaire.

Charlie's on a bit of a career high right now, as he's also the star of this summer's blockbuster Pacific Rim.

The movie, scheduled for an August 2014 release, already has its behind-the-scenes talent: Terra Nova creator Kelly Marcel will pen the script, while Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor-Johnson will helm the production.

It wouldn't be the first time Charlie tackled a sexually-explicit project: The 33-year-old Brit also starred in the U.K. version of Queer as Folk.

Suffice it to say, it wouldn't be the worst casting decision we've seen!

Source: Twitch


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