When Charlie Hunnam exited stage left from the hotly anticipated book turned movie 50 Shades of Grey, which is set to start shooting Nov. 1, that got us to thinking. Who would we want to see in his shoes? We scoured around and found a few lovely lads who would do just fine as Christian Grey. Tough job, right?
1. Jamie Dornan, 31: The Hollywood Reporter says this Irish TV star is a front runner on the Hunnam sub list. The former Calvin Klein model used to date Keira Knightley and appeared on the big screen in Marie Antoinette and small screen in Once Upon A Time.
Real life: Dude’s married and wifey, singer Amelia Warner, is said to be expecting.
2. Chris Evans, 32: We know this fine New England boy has range. He has done comedy ( What’s Your Number), superhero ( Captain America) as well as perfect psychopath (an unrecognizable turn in The Iceman). More important asset: those aqua blue eyes.
Real life: Minka Kelly’s got his number — for now.
3. Penn Badgley, 26: Why is the former Gossip Girl star on this list? Because he’s short, dark and handsome and needs a star-turning role. How long ago was The Stepfather?
Real life: Rumored to be back together with Zoe Kravitz.
4. Matt Bomer, 36: Cheekbones that could carve ice. Colgate smile. Killer eyes. Yup, the White Collar star’s a gimme. Maybe even born to play Christian. Heck, he may already have the offer by the time this story comes out.
Real life: Three sons with publicist Simon Halls.
5 . Ian Somerhalder, 34: On Twitter, the fellow FSOG front runner describes himself as the “dead guy on Lost and now undead on The Vampire Diaries.” Looks and sense of humor? You’re hired.
Real life: Wait for it...single!
Out of left field casting curveball:
Adam Levine’s name has never been thrown into the pot as far as we know. But going over a few pictures of the Victoria’s Secret model lover (now engaged to catwalker Behati Prinsloo) we’re starting to see some Christian-ish physical attributes. Who knows if Levine can act or if that is even completely necessary? We do know the Maroon 5 singer can take care of the soundtrack. Possible dealbreaker: Hunnam’s salary was said to be around the $125K mark. Chump change for Levine, whom NBC pays about $10 million for each cycle of The Voice.