Garrett Hedlund Rejected Lead Role in Fifty Shades of Grey, Ian Somerhalder Not a Contender
Garrett Hedlund doesn't want to be chained to the role of Christian Grey. A source tells Us Weekly the On the Road actor, 28, passed on playing the S&M-obsessed lead in the film version of E.L. James' erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
"Doing a possible trilogy was too big a commitment, and producers wouldn't let him do just one film," says the source of Kirsten Dunst's boyfriend.
Ian Somerhalder, 34, seems out too. Though the star campaigned for the role, he's not a contender as far as James is concerned. During an interview with Ryan Seacrest on KISS-FM in April, The Vampire Diaries actor, 34, said he would "absolutely" be up for playing the role of Grey. "It could be very, very amazing," Somerhalder said. "I have the book and I just started reading it. That would be a pretty incredible thing, and hopefully that could pan out . . . Beyond the shadow of a doubt, I think that would be a phenomenal opportunity!"
Unfortunately, that opportunity may not be his for the taking. A source tells Us, "E.L. was at a Comic-Con party July 20 telling people the part won't go to Ian."
The only known casting decision for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, so far, has been the director. James revealed on Twitter in June that Sam Taylor-Johnson has been hired to direct the film. "I saw both of her films, and I was blown away. Simple," the author recently told Vulture of the Nowhere Boy director. "She's creative, incredibly talented, she's got an extraordinary eye. She had a good idea about the whole Fifty experience, she understands it. And I thought, There's a woman I can go and get drunk with."