The Fifty Shades of Grey movie casting war continues. In fact, now that Kelly Marcel has been chosen to direct the breathlessly awaited film version of E.L. James' multi-million dollar baby, the quest to cast the lead roles seems to have intensified. The search for the perfect actor to portray the titular Mr. Grey has, in particular, become such an international obsession that one fan site recently compiled a list of "10 Actors Who Must Play Christian Grey." That's pretty illogical actually since only one of them can play the part. Perhaps the piece should have been titled "10 Actors Who Might (Should? Could? Want to?) Play Christian Grey." Whatever. The ten lucky lads include a veritable Who's Who of male talent including acknowledged contenders like Ian Somerhalder and former frontrunner Ryan Gosling to honorable mentions like the "other" Twilight heart-throb Taylor Lautner. There are also weird--er--dark horse candidates like James Franco and Jennifer Lawrence's boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult. And then there are the just plain ridiculous entries like Tom Felton. As if.
One famous name heretofore unmentioned in connection with the Fifty Shades of Grey project is Ed Westwick, who plays arrogant Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. But could Westwick pull off the transition from the small to the super-hyped big screen? At 25, he's just about the right age to play Grey. And his Chuck Bass character could be the sexy sadist's psychological soul mate. Or as What Culture put it:
"He's got...arrogant, unnerving charm... As Chuck Bass he plays an alienated, friendless spoiled rich bastard. Season Four of Gossip Girl contained a bit of controversy when Chuck becomes violent with girlfriend Blair Waldorf, adding even more fire to their volatile relationship.'
Sounds like a spot on match. Or not. Apparently, Westwick might be too ice cold to play the great (and actually the only) love of poor bruised and battered Anastasia Steele's clueless young life. It seems the perfect Mr. Grey must also possess "something soft and vulnerable behind the Gucci suit exterior."
Hmm. That's a tall order. Would Westwick be up to the challenge? What do you think?
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Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.