According to an official statement released by Universal Pictures, Hunnam dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. Despite the statement, insiders say the British Sons of Anarchy actor had other motives.
“He dropped out of the project because he didn’t want to be typecast,” a source told People magazine. “He didn’t want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with taking on this role.
Regardless of his reasons, the search has officially begun for a new Christian to star alongside Dakota Johnson’s Ana, and we think we’ve found a few solid contenders! I mean, really – Hollywood is full of eligible hotties.
Here are our picks…
This Pretty Little Liars hunk could be a good fit for the role – he’s handsome, has perfect bone structure and – hello! He’s totally ripped.
Known largely for his role in the Fantastic Four, Chris Evans is just the man for the role of Christian Grey. Sure, he’s not used to playing the bad boy, but we’re pretty sure he could handle it. Evans is reportedly being considered for the role and has taken precedence over many of the other nominees.
Somerhalder is smokin’ hot and knows how to be both sexy and a little dark – plus, check out the eyes on this guy.
In a perfect world, all sexy lead roles would be played by Ryan Gosling, but he’s only one guy and can’t do it all, I guess. We can dream though, right?
Star Trek: Into Darkness hottie Chris Pine has been mentioned for the role. Unfortunately with two films in the works, it seems he may be a bit too busy to take on another project. Le sigh!
This one’s a no-brainer – you can’t talk sexy leading men and not mention Channing. We’d love to see Tatum in a darker (and way sexier) role. Pretty please, E.L James?
Yes, please! Liam’s got the face, body and acting chops to fill the Fifty Shades lead role perfectly.
Bradley’s got this whole twisted-but-sexy thing down to a science. It’s like this role was made for him!
Bartha rose to fame as Doug from The Hangover trilogy, but we think it’s about time he embrace his sex-factor and try a new type of character on for size.
Now that Breaking Bad is over, Aaron’s got a pretty clear schedule. Pick him, E.L. James! He’s seriously sexy and could totally take on the part.
We don’t even need to explain this one. That sex appeal…
Dorman stole our hearts on Once Upon A Time and we’d love to see him do it again as Christian Grey.
It’s time this super-sexy superhero switch over to the dark side.
Bomer’s been in the running for the role from the very start, so there’s a good chance we could see this stud starring opposite Dakota Johnson on the big screen. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Cavill showed off both his acting skills and impeccable abs in his recent role as Superman; we wouldn’t be mad about seeing them once again – and again, and again.
Pettyfer broke onto the scene in Magic Mike, so he’s obviously pretty comfortable with stripping down and baring it all.
Don’t be fooled by this dressed down photo – Dan Ewing is totally sexy and totally perfect for this role.
Gyllenhaal is the total package and could definitely bring the right intensity to the character.
Face it, good genes run in the Hemsworth family. Either of the Hemsworth brothers would be a solid contender for the role.
Who would you like to see fill Charlie Hunnam’s shoes? Sound off in the comment section.