The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is still on the hunt for its Christian Grey, so there’s no definitive answer just yet.
However, a slew of names have been tossed into the seemingly ever-expanding casting ring, so let’s take a look at the debonair lot of ’em. (Poor us.)
Ian Somerhalder: The Vampire Diaries’ dark and brooding Damon is currently dominating our dream-casting poll with over 42% of the votes. The actor himself would love to oblige, though he recently told Mr. Porter online that “there’s nothing official.”
In the meantime, he’s planning on setting up his own sex chamber. “There’s a website you can go to where you can just outfit your basement as a dungeon,” he joked. “So, you know, I thought I’d get prepared, just in case.”
Alexander Skarsgard: With all his practice sexing ladies up as rakish vamp Eric on True Blood, Alexander Skarsgard would have no trouble stepping into the role of Christian. “Absolutely. That wouldn't be an issue,” he told The Daily Chili. “I have a sex chamber in my basement — my character on True Blood — so I've had training.”
Ryan Gosling: A UK tabloid got people thinking Ryan Gosling was a lock for the billionaire BDSM enthusiast after publishing an interview with author E. L. James’s husband. However, James herself waved off the reports, telling Ryan Seacrest that it was “completely misreported.”
She explained, “What happened is that [my husband’s] local paper, he’s from Northern Ireland, there’s a newspaper there called the Belfast Telegraph that reported on my husband being the inspiration for Christian Grey. Underneath it they put a picture of Ryan Gosling, as well. So, that’s how that came about.”
Channing Tatum: When the Sexiest Man Alive had a Twitter interview with U.K.’s Glamour Magazine back in July 2012, the mag asked him if he’d sign on to play Christian. Channing answered, “1) Yes. 2) I’d only be allowed if my wife was Ana. She’s read the books so I don’t think she’d be impressed if she couldn’t be Ana!”
Robert Pattinson: Fifty Shades of Grey started as Twilight fan fiction, so naturally star Robert Pattinson has been asked if he’d be interested in getting sexy in Seattle. “I am playing that part,” he joked in a recent interview, adding, “I also wrote the book.” We’re guessing that’s a no.
Matt Bomer: Writer Bret Easton Ellis landed himself in hot water (a familiar place for the American Psycho scribe) in August when he claimed Matt Bomer wouldn’t make a convincing Christian because he’s gay.
In defense of Matt’s obvious talent, as displayed on White Collar as the very straight and very delicious Neal Caffrey, co-star Alexandra Daddario gushed to Wetpaint Entertainment, “I think he’d be great.” Matt himself gushed, “[I]t’s very flattering that I’ve got fans who would like to see me in things.”
Henry Cavill: Is moviedom’s next Superman poised to trade in the iconic tights and cape for the trappings of a bad-boy business magnate? The 29-year-old British actor, who stars in a couple steamy fan-made trailers, told Details, “Whether that happens, that decision will be made at the time it has to be made. It would be a very different kind of thing than Man of Steel.”
Way to dodge that speeding bullet, Cavill.
Stephen Amell: Arrow star Stephen Amell apparently had a meeting about the project. “I get questions about Christian Grey all the time,” he said in a video posted to Facebook. “That project is a long way off. I know this, because I had a meeting about it. Long way off. I mean, not that long, but not close. I wouldn’t call it long, but I wouldn't call it close.”
Max Greenfield: In true Schmidt form, New Girl’s Max Greenfield would bring his shirtless A-game to Fifty Shades. When asked if he'd consider going full frontal for the role on the Emmy Awards 2012 red carpet, Max quipped, “[Nudity]’s not the issue. It’s the issue of whether they want to see that much intensity on screen.”
Jake Gyllenhaal: Jake’s puppy dog good looks may not jibe with the part of Christian, but we certainly wouldn’t mind ogling the actor sans shirt. “Of course! I always want to work, man, of course!” Jake told Ryan Seacrest when asked if he’d be down to tap into his dark side for the movie. “That's super flattering. I mean, I have not heard that, but if that’s true then that’s a nice thing. It's always nice to be considered.”
James Franco: Though James has yet to read the book, the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon intrigues him. “These kinds of subjects — sexuality and anti-normativity — this kind of thing has been a big interest of mine for a while,” James explained to The Hollywood Reporter at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where he screened his documentary about the BDSM website kink.com.
James Deen: In late January 2013, the X-rated film star told Entertainment Weekly that he’d happily audition for the part. “It seems like a character I could have a lot of fun with,” he said. “I’ve heard really mixed responses about it, like, ‘Oh, it’s a cheesy Twilight wannabe.’… [but] I think it could be fun. I feel like it could be a really cool, fun role to work on.”
However, he doesn’t think the studio would go for him. “I’m that porn guy,” he added. “As I understand, the rumors [for Christian] are some guy who’s on a TV show on USA [Matt Bomer], some model dudes, and Ryan Gosling. I feel like me versus Ryan Gosling? There’s an easy decision on where the studio is going to go.”