I didn’t get the appeal of ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ as I do most of the things deemed “risque” on a Tuesday night, but I do get Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy). The film didn’t really pique my interest, but the addition of Charlie has me turning my head and saying, “You now have my attention!”
His name might not be as mainstream as some of the other celebs rumored to be attached to the project. Garrett Hedlund was said to have passed on the role, Michael Pitt has also been eyed according to other brewing rumors and even Michael Fassbender seems to be a popular pick. The cast doesn’t have one firm attachment and I am beginning to wonder if it will see the dimmed lights of a theater or not. It has an August 2014 release date, so for the sake of argument, we will play devil’s advocate and see what the Hunnam rumor is all about…
“Already firmly ensconced within fanboy circles thanks to his breakout TV role and his ongoing relationship with director Guillermo Del Toro – who has also cast Hunnam for his upcoming Crimson Peak – Twitch has learned that Hunnam has emerged as producers’ prime target to play, and I quote, “handsome, yet tormented billionaire” Christian Grey.”
Whoever nabs the lead, I hope it translates well onto the silver screen. The book read like ‘Twilight’ but with a bit of spanking that only seemed to delight the older generations. I digress, I shouldn’t have any opinion as I only made it through the first book and part of the second.
What’s interesting about this particular casting is that it seems that the prime choices are avoiding the role. Why? Is the content too unstable? Too risque for both career and depiction?
A few celebs have flat out said NO…
Armie Hammer – “No one actually offered me the movie, but while I was working on Lone Ranger my agent brought it up, and I said ‘Nope.’ I mean, come on–it’s just mommy porn. I’m not going to sit on top of the laundry machine in spin cycle reading about putting a ball gag in someone’s mouth. That doesn’t do it for me.”
Emma Watson – “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”