With production on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film in its earliest stages, it seems "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder* is tapping his connections in hopes of landing the role of billionaire BDSM-enthusiast Christian Grey.
The actor recently took to Twitter to chat about the project with writer Bret Easton Ellis, who has expressed interest in penning the screenplay. (Bret and Ian previously worked together on the big-screen adaptation of the author’s "Rules of Attraction" novel.)
"@iansomerhalder I'm glad you're as excited by the prospect of "Fifty Shades of Grey" as I am. (I've heard that Angelina is not involved...)” he replied, regarding the now-debunked rumor that Angelina Jolie might be directing. Responding to earlier fan calls for Ian in the role, Bret responded, "I know Ian Somerhalder and how kinky he can be and yes, he's probably Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, and he will go all-out for it."
While casting is still up in the air, so is the role of producer. Variety reports that there are several folks interested in working on the project. “Fifty” writer E.L. James and her agent were recently in Los Angeles meeting with studio execs and possible producers to help move the film along.
While Universal had no comment on the matter, the shortlist includes (but is not limited to) Michael De Luca, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Double Feature Films, and Scott Stuber of Bluegrass Films.
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*You guys! Do you see that image of Ian wearing only jeans and lying atop red silk sheets?! He's sooooo Christian Grey!