A new Fifty Shades Of Grey casting rumour has hit the interwebs. This time it’s actor from vigilante fantasy show Arrow, Stephen Amell. He revealed that he’s been having a number of meetings about starring in the film, saying “That project is a long way off. I know this, because I had a meeting about it.” It’s not clear whether this “meeting” involved cups of coffee and specially tailored cupcakes , but it sounds like it's far from a done deal. So who else has been rumoured to take on the iconic role?
1) Robert Pattinson
As we know Fifty Shades began as a piece of Twilight fan fiction, so it made sense that the film adaption rumours would swirl around R-Patz. He seemed to confirm that he was playing the role. Well, sort of. “I am playing the part,” he said before wag-ishly adding “I also wrote the book too.” So, um, we’ll take that with a grain of salt.
2) Matt Bomer
The White Collar actor (probably best known to us Brits for his role in Magic Mike) was a hot favourite for the role, but was criticized by legendary author Brett Easton Ellis who said that casting an openly gay actor in the role was “ludicrous”. No word on whether Mr Ellis' not very cool words have had any affect on his chances.
3) Henry Cavill
The future Superman had a meeting about the hotly contested role with producer Michael De Luca while he was filming Man Of Steel. But wouldn't it be weird to be attached to both franchises at once?
4) Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries star (with the amazing shifting hair line) has been rumoured to be taking on the role too. Not giving anything away he said: “It’s a very interesting story and whoever plays that role is going to have a lot of fun in rehearsal time.” Ian, that’s a bit creepy, tbh.
5) Channing Tatum
Channing may have been in with a chance for the role at some point, but his casting may have been thwarted by his wife. He said: “I’d only be allowed if my wife was Ana (Anastasia Steel, the love interest in the book). She’s read the books so I don’t think she’d be impressed if she couldn’t be Ana!” At this point, it feels as if the use of the word “whipped” (hello, double meaning!) would be entirely appropriate.