UPDATE: Here's another reason — they officially cast someone else! Are you disappointed?
Sorry. Don’t throw things at us, but after hearing that the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has a release date of August 1, 2014, we’re just not sure The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) will be cast as Christian Grey.
We know, we know. It would be tragic to miss seeing Ian’s piercing blue eyes during all those racy scenes. Fans have been clamouring to see Ian get the role of Christian, and the actor hasn’t exactly been shying away from the attention. For example, he had no trouble telling people about that time he caught a woman reading EL James’s novel — while picturing Ian as Christian.
It seems like Ian would certainly be interested in the part if it were offered to him, but here’s the thing: TVD starts filming its Season 5 in mid-July. Now that Fifty Shades has a director and a release date, the movie is likely to start shooting relatively soon. Ian’s a superhero — but he’s not superhuman. He can’t be in two places at once.
Once filming starts on The Vampire Diaries, the cast and crew work almost continuously for nine months. We just don’t see how Ian can fit all those S&M scenes into a few short weeks during winter break.