Following reports that six actors have made filmmakers’ short list of potential “Fifty Shades of Grey” stars for the role of Christian Grey, another name has been added as a contender.
According to a report from E! News Wednesday, “The Borgias” actor François Arnaud is being considered to play the lead opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. A source said Universal Pictures has "expressed interest" in the Montreal native for the adaption of an erotic book series of the same name.
JustJared also reported Wednesday that “sources close the situation” confirmed Arnaud is in the running to star in the flick. “The 28-year-old French Canadian actor has been approached for the role, which was originally supposed to be played by Charlie Hunnam,” states the report. “No offers have been made yet and several other actors are being considered as well.”
Best known for his three-season run on Showtime's “The Borgias” playing Cesare Borgia, Arnaud has also starred in major foreign projects including the 2010 film “J’ai Tue Ma Mere,” for which he received a VFCC Award. According to his IMDB page, Arnaud most recently wrapped filming the dramedy musical “Amapola” with American actress Camilla Belle and Golden Globe winner Geraldine Chaplin.
Arnaud’s name joins the list of five other actors on studio executives' supposed short list of potential “Fifty Shades of Grey” stars. The Hollywood Reporter said Monday that “True Blood“ star Alexander Skarsgard, Jamie Dornan of “Once Upon a Time," “Divergent” star Theo James and Christian Cooke of recent "Romeo and Juliet" fame are all up for the role of the Seattle billionaire with sadistic sexual fetishes who dates a sexually inexperienced college graduate named Anastasia Steele (Johnson).
“Sons of Anarchy” actor Charlie Hunnam, announced he was leaving the film saga Saturday due to his “immersive” TV schedule. Many fans had objected to his casting.