I have a serious question, you guys — is this Fifty Shades of Grey movie happening? I mean, is it? The book version came out in 2011 and was a viral abomination in my daily life for months after that. It was showing up gripped in the slightly sweaty hands of middle-aged women on the same subway car as me, being referenced in popular culture, and forcing my ears to absorb the term ‘mommy porn’. It was an epidemic. But that was over two years ago now, and we’re still pretty much at square one with the movie, so I’m quickly losing faith.
For a second it seemed like we were cast and ready to move forward, with a couple of relative unknowns named Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam, but then Charlie came to his senses and dropped out, and now we have, like…a week to recast the character of Christian Grey before everyone has to admit that they’re unbelievably behind schedule. (This movie does still supposedly have an August 2014 release date, after all.)
But I guess we’ll just keep pretending like everything is fine, and introduce the two newest players in this farce. You already know that Scott Eastwood is in the mix, so now meet Jamie Dornan and Billy Magnussen, the most recent fellas rumored to be rounding out the ‘five actors being considered’ for the role. Jamie is on a British television series called The Fall, and Billy is coming to ya straight from Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony for his work on Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two of them read for the movie’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, before the weekend. There’s no information on how they did, but the source did make clear that they weren’t the only people to audition for that role. Well let’s hope not, because at the rate they’ve been dropping, we might want to cast six or seven guys in the role, just to be safe.
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