Charlie Hunnam IS Christian Grey
The film: 50 Shades Of Grey (2014)
The actor: Sons Of Anarchy’s finest and recently blockbuster star of Pacific Rim.
The character: Billionaire S&M devotee
When the we-can’t-believe-they-are-actually-making-it ‘literary’ adaptation announced its casting this week, there was something of a stir among fans, who have been campaigning for months on behalf of White Collar’s Matt Bomer on the basis that he’s wildly charming and also exactly as the character is described on the page. Instead, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author EL James have gone for Hunnam (and, presumably, some hair dye) as the billionaire S&M addict who’s into domination, particularly vis-à-vis young Anastasia Steele – also announced as Dakota Johnson. Can Hunnam wield the whip convincingly? James seems happy and says (according to Bret Easton Ellis) that Bomer was never in the running.
The fans preferred: Matt Bomer. There’s currently a petition out there with 20,000 signatures asking for Bomer to be cast, with Alexis Bleidel as Anastasia Steel (Johnson’s role).
The result: Only time will tell if this leaves us in the red room of pain or communing with our inner goddess.
Vote: What would you have done?