A rather breaking news update is in store for fans of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie and casting rumors surrounding the smoldering billionaire, Christian Grey.
In latest “50 Shades” news, it was revealed this Labor Day that Niall Leonard, husband of bestselling author EL James, let slip some very interesting rumors over the week over who may be considered to be cast in the hotly anticipated lead role. According to the U.K. “Now” Magazine this Monday, the writer (Niall is an accomplished author as well) said that actor Ryan Gosling may be a top choice for the part of Christian Grey in the confirmed “Fifty Shades of Grey” film.
Leonard allegedly reported that “last he heard,” it was Ryan Gosling, age 31, who was at the top of the running to star as Anastasia Steele’s “sex on legs” lover in the adaptation of his wife’s erotic romance novel. Ryan Gosling has won fan favorite voting polls for Christian in the past, and certainly has the acting skills and experience for the role, even if it may be a bit darker or more physically graphic than previous works.
“Now Magazine” has also quoted the writer adding that while Christian has captured the heart of millions of women around the world, he is not based on himself at all.
“I’m glad I’m not [Christian Grey], to be honest,” said Leonard. “Because in reality, he’s actually a damaged [character]. I wouldn’t have liked to go through what he went through.”
Niall added that he doesn’t stress about his wife—who full name is Erika Leonard—thinking or writing about any more raunchy BDSM scenes, both in “Fifty Shades of Grey” or any possible future sequels/other novels.
“Everyone has fantasy figures and daydreams. Everyone has,” said EL James’ husband to “The Times.” “And anyone who hasn’t that fantasy or imagination … I would pity them, really.”
No doubt that sense of fantasy and escape into Ana’s world with Christian is part of what has made the “50 Shades” trilogy the success that it is. Yet with EL James herself saying only a couple weeks ago that it was “too early” to start thinking about casting roles just yet on Twitter, it remains to be seen whether Niall Leonard really had some inside info (he is the talented woman’s beau, after all) or if the casting rumors are just rumors for now.
It likely won’t be long before light will be cast—or confirmed—on the matter of Ryan Gosling as Christian Grey soon. Other actors, from Alexander Skarsgard to Matt Bomer also seem to be fan favorites for the role, while some—including Ian Somerhalder with Alexis Bledel and Robert Pattinson with Kristen Stewart—have been given their own “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie fan trailers made for the stars to play Christian Grey or Anastasia Steele.
“50 Shades” fans, could you see Ryan Gosling as your ideal Christian Grey on the big screen? Who else might you consider to play the handsome and dominant—if dark and troubled—lover of Anastasia Steele in the adaptation?
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