50 Shades of Grey Movie: Matt Bomer Favourite for Christian Grey Role

Rumours suggest that Matt Bomer will emerge as the star of the 50 Shades of Grey now that Charlie Hunnam has relinquished the role due to scheduling issues. Other likely candidates include Chris Evans, Ian Somerhalder and Henry Cavill.

Bookmakers William Hill currently has Matt Bomer as favourite with odds of 3/1. Captain America star Chris Evans is listed at 5/1 and Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon Salvatore in Vampire Diaries, is currently third favourite with odds of 6/1.

Although Hunnam expressed doubts about taking on the role of Christian Grey because of the movie’s erotic content, fans were still shocked when he announced last week that his “immersive TV schedule” for Sons of Anarchy would prevent him from taking on the role.

The White Collar star has been candid about his chances of landing the role preferring to talk about the new season of the hit TV show and even his children on a recent edition of American talk show Live With Kelly & Michael rather than give his thoughts on the coveted role. If he does land the role his leading lady should be Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, but rumours are circulating that Alex Pettyfer or Channing Tatum could replace her in the role of Anastasia Steele.

There’s not much time for the movie to cast its hero and heroine as filming is set to begin in November when director Sam Taylor-Johnson will helm the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ blockbuster novel.

It appears that there are no hard feelings between the writer and her departing star Charlie Hunnam as she reported the news on Twitter saying, “I wish Charlie all the best.” The movie’s release date is set for August 2014.

Current Odds:
  • Matt Bomer 6/1
  • Cilian Murphy 7/1
  • Ian Somerhalder 8/1
  • Alexander Skarsgard 10/1, Crace Crawford 10/1
  • Alex Pettyfer 12/1, Garrett Hedlund 12/1
  • Wes Bentley 14/1, Robert Pattinson 14/1
  • Ryan Gosling 16/1

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