'Fifty Shades' Casting: Ian Harding Is The Perfect Christian Grey

Fri, June 8, 2012 6:05pm EDT by 102 Comments
50 Shades Of Grey Movie Cast Christian

The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star totally fits the bill. Why have I never considered this?

Leave it to Lucy Hale to show me the light. The Pretty Little Liars star recently Instagrammed a picture of co-star Ian Harding, captioned “50 Shades of Harding,” and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. So many names have been thrown out into the universe — Robert Pattinson and Ian Somerhalder, to name a few — but not until Lucy’s kidding-but-not-kidding tweet did I even consider Ian, 25, as a candidate for Christian Grey. And yet, he’s the perfect candidate.

Mysterious? Check. Dapper? Check. Capable of robbing a young, naïve girl of her innocence? Oh my God, CHECK.

On top of those stellar qualities, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James has said she wants to cast a relative unknown in the film adaptation of her erotic novel — and while PLL fans know every intimate detail of Ian’s life, he hasn’t gotten his chance to shine bright for the rest of the world to see. And he so deserves the attention.

So whether Lucy had a hidden agenda in her tweet or not, I’m officially putting the idea of Ian as Christian out into the universe.

Make it happen, universe! You owe me for killing my turtle on my 10th birthday.

— Andy Swift

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Disyri

Posted at 6:56 PM on July 10, 2012  

Henry Cavill from The Tudors is definintely my choice. He fits the bill physically, looks great in a suit and has beautiful grey, intense eyes. He’s the perfect Christian Grey.

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EJ

Posted at 6:45 PM on July 9, 2012  

Ian Somerhalder is PERFECT! Hs role from the Vampire Diaries and this book are the EXACT same! He would play this role perfectly. He’s dark, mysterious, and sexy. He deserves this role!

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Maria

Posted at 6:13 PM on July 9, 2012  

I actually think that Oliver Jackson-Cohen should also be considered for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. He has the perfect look, age, hair and super hot!!

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kristena

Posted at 11:11 AM on July 8, 2012  

Matt Bomer seriously needs to be Christian…

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No no

Posted at 11:53 PM on July 8, 2012  

He is gorgeous, but way too short.

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Jessica

Posted at 3:17 PM on July 6, 2012  

I think PETER FACINELLI should play Mr. Grey!

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laken

Posted at 10:52 PM on July 3, 2012  

ian somberhaulder wins my vote!!! are u kidding me hes perfect!! i woul watch that movie every day and think most would agree!!! theres just not another choice…. when i think of mr grey the first thing that comes to mind is his eyes! ian somerhaulder has the most beauiful peircin grey eyes perfect for the role he canlook very dominering yet sensitive! lik i said absolutely pefect!

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Nono

Posted at 11:54 PM on July 8, 2012  

No, Ian is Way too short

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Christy

Posted at 12:18 AM on July 3, 2012  

There is only one “Christian Grey” and that could only be James Scott. Everything about James Scott…is Christian Grey! Hands down….no other actor would do him justice as James Scott would!

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Celeste

Posted at 3:46 PM on July 2, 2012  

Idk why everyone is getting so mad about other peoples opinions on who should play who in the movie. EVERYONE is different, EVERYONE has their opinion and imagination on who we picture what they look like in our heads. Chill out. We all have different brains and ways of image. Just express your opinion, not argue to everyone that they are wrong. We might ALL be wrong. take a chill pill!

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Taylor

Posted at 11:27 PM on July 1, 2012  

Ian Somerhalder or Paul Wesley as Christian and Alexis Bledel as Ana!
Best choices definitely!

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mandyrose

Posted at 5:57 PM on June 30, 2012  

Matthew Mcannaghey, Christian Bale are my two favourites

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Krystal

Posted at 7:21 PM on June 29, 2012  

I see chris hemsworth as christian…def!!

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Shawn

Posted at 10:34 AM on June 27, 2012  

I vote for Oliver Martinez. He played seductive lover in the movie Unfathable. Let his hair grow out like is was in The Horseman on the Roof. He’s now engaged to Hallie Berry.

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melissa

Posted at 3:16 PM on June 28, 2012  

eww… he definitely does not fit the part. read the description in the book. he has to be handsome, copper hair, beautiful eyes, sexy fit body, and look handsomely rich. More like Alex Pettyfer

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No way

Posted at 11:56 PM on July 8, 2012  

Way, way too old…he like 80 now.

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Anna

Posted at 11:20 PM on June 26, 2012  

I see Matt Bomer as Chrisitan Grey

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melissa

Posted at 3:18 PM on June 28, 2012  

That would work if he wasn’t gay! He is gay in real life, so how do you think everyones fantasy man pans out?

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kristena

Posted at 11:20 AM on July 8, 2012  

Everyone has their own opinion. your words were “fantasy man” what’s wrong with fantasizing about a gay guy being straight. i mean he is an actor.

 
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Lualea

Posted at 7:31 AM on August 29, 2012  

sexual preferences shouldn’t judge whether or not if you’re getting a job. That’s why it’s called acting! Heath Ledger wasn’t gay when he played Enis in brokeback mountain!

 
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jj

Posted at 11:52 PM on July 8, 2012  

Way too short!

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Toni Adair

Posted at 2:54 PM on June 26, 2012  

Julian McMahon from Nip/Tuck would be wonder as Christian Grey.

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melissa

Posted at 3:22 PM on June 28, 2012  

too old… he could play Jake though. Julian McMahon is good at playing bad guys.

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SANDY ADAMS

Posted at 1:20 PM on June 26, 2012  

PETER PORTE (Y&R) IS THE PERFECT CHRISTIAN GREY!

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Jenny

Posted at 9:16 PM on June 27, 2012  

I totally agree!

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Maria

Posted at 6:16 PM on July 9, 2012  

HOT!!! I like your choice

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aimee

Posted at 12:43 PM on June 25, 2012  

I BELIEVE CHRIS PINE IS THE PERFECT CHRISTIAN GREY. WHY CAN’T PEOPLE SEE AND WHOM IS COMING UP WITH THIS ACTORS…READ THE BOOK AND GET TO KNOW CHRISTIAN FIRST. GOSH…

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So right

Posted at 12:00 AM on July 9, 2012  

Totally agree! Chris Pine is perfect for the role. He has the height, the eyes, the square jawline, the panty busting smile,the body…plus the versatility. PERFECTION!!!

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50

Posted at 7:54 AM on June 25, 2012  

Am I the only person who envisaged Gabriel Macht the entire time I read the book? Have you seen him in Suits! He’d be perfect as Christian.

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50 shades happier

Posted at 11:43 AM on June 24, 2012  

Just wanted to remind everyone that Christian has copper colored hair with some curl.

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50 Shades Fan

Posted at 5:55 PM on June 23, 2012  

Sorry, but Ian Harding is WAY to happy, wholesome, untroubled, carefree, clean-cut and young looking to pull off the role of Christian Grey. Really. Don’t give it another thought. This character needs to be someone who has a very hot, smoldering in fact, look about him, charming, cutting edge, hint of a troubled past, business savvy, mature but with a hint of boyish charm remaining, We need to be able to believe he commands a multi-million dollar empire and maintains the sexiest, hottest good looks. I have heard LOTS of names thrown into the fray….only the cream will rise to the top and is surely is NOT Mr. Harding. It could possibly be Henry Cavill, or Colin Eggelsfield, but those are just a couple actors who have the right look. Hope always exists that the right decisions regarding casting will be made. Regarding Anastasia’s role….Emilia Clark is one who has the right look. There are others who would also fit the role, but please be sure, Kristen Stewart is not one of them. WHO will be selected? I, along with millions of other fans, look forward to the casting decisions made for this trilogy!

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Sharon

Posted at 4:16 PM on June 22, 2012  

If they choose Kristan Stewart and Robert Pattinson I will not go see the movie.

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J

Posted at 2:34 PM on June 23, 2012  

I agree! This is a movie for big kids leave the twilights babies to their vamps

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melissa

Posted at 3:43 PM on June 28, 2012  

I agree as well! Kristen needs to seriously learn how to make other faces than a dumbfounded look. I swear she makes the same look all the time. I beg of the people who pick the cast- do not put her in this movie. This is going to be the best movie of all time, so we need some tremendous thought put into whos playing who. It would be great if the cast can pull the looks off from the book and make this book come to life by great acting! Me, along with everyone else are really looking forward to this movie!!

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rachelle

Posted at 9:49 PM on July 3, 2012  

agree! :

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