Who Will Play Christian Grey? Alexander Skarsgard New Contender For 'Fifty Shades' After Charlie Hunnam: Report

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Charlie Hunnam won’t be in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, but according to reports, fan favorites Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder aren’t contenders either. The Hollywood Reporter's website wrote that Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” and Jamie Doran of “The Fall” are rumored to be in the running, sources told the site.

Skarsgard, 37, has been briefly tossed around among fans as a possible contender but not many have said they would be eager to see Doran, 31, in the coveted role. THR added that Theo James and Christian Cooke are also possible choices for the lead in the highly anticipated film, a BDSM thriller in which a wealthy Seattle businessman falls for a college student.

There was speculation that “Sons of Anarchy” star Hunnam, 33, left the project Saturday because of the script Kelly Marcel wrote, THR reported, but before Hunnam's exit, Universal/Focus hired Patrick Marber to work on the script and characters. Marber is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credit include “Closer” and “Notes of a Scandal.” He also wrote “Love You More,” a short film made by “Fifty Shades” director Sam Johnson-Taylor.

There are various rumors as it why Hunnam dropped out. One is that he quit the project because he didn’t want to be typecast like Robert Pattinson, the star of “Twilight” and E.L. James’ supposed first choice to play Christian Grey, was, a source told People on Monday: “He didn't want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with taking on this role."

According to Universal Pictures, however, Hunnam bolted because of prior engagements.

"The filmmakers of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," the studio said in a statement.

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