'Fifty Shades' Substitutes: 5 Men Who Should Play Christian Grey

Sean OConnell

Did you feel the seismic shock that “rocked” the Web over the weekend when Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Focus Features’ planned adaptation of the risqué bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey? The actor cited the time commitment to his “immersive TV schedule,” though the concept of dropping a lead role in what’s sure to be a buzzed-about feature seems … suspect. 
 
Still, the studio plans to move ahead with its film, and now needs to find a new Christian Grey to act opposite Dakota Johnson’s college graduate, Anastasia Steele – especially if they hope to maintain that Aug. 1, 2014 release date. Shooting on the film was scheduled to begin in November. It still can if producers choose to replace Hunnam with one of our five 50 Shades suggestions: 
 
Matt Bomer
 
A no-brainer. Back when the studio was casting, 50 Shades fans started an online petition on Change.org to get the handsome White Collar actor cast as Christian. You know those same fans are banging away at their keyboards trying to make Bomer “happen” now that Hunnam has exited, stage left. 
 
Channing Tatum
 
Bomer’s Magic Mike co-star is another excellent fit. He has proven over the years that he’s more than just an incredibly pretty face and sculpted body. Tatum helped carry the comedy 21 Jump Street, danced at the Oscars, but tanked in White House Down. He might be beyond a steamy drama like 50 Shades … but given the fact that female audiences turned Magic Mike into a theatrical “event” picture, Focus and Universal execs would be wise to lob an inquiry over C-Tate’s desk, at the very least. 
 
Chris Pine
 
Bear with me here. Pine is at or near the top of the heap at the moment. He’s headlining major franchises in Star Trek and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He has experimented with character-driven projects like People Like Us, but it might be time to really test his drawing power. He recently worked with Kevin Costner for Jack Ryan. Wouldn’t it be great of Costner encouraged Pine to find his own No Way Out, or his own Revenge? To step out on a ledge and test the “safety net” of his current success? 
 
Ian Somerhalder
 
Another fan favorite, the actor actually topped Bomer in an unscientific poll conducted by The Today Show over the weekend. He’s not a movie star. At the moment, Somerhalder’s biggest credits are the television shows Lost (which he left after two seasons) and The Vampire Diaries. But Focus seems to want to cast half-unknowns in these roles, allowing them to blossom as stars of THIS franchise. In that case, the handsome Somerhalder would work perfectly. 
  
Robert Pattinson
 
Because that would break the Internet. Seriously. 
 

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