News sources have found a renewed interest in Robert Pattinson filling the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” With its roots as “Twilight” fan fiction there is no surprise that some want to see Pattinson essentially reprise his role as Edward, only this time embracing his dominant side and wielding a flogger, and of course changing his name to Christian Grey. On May 22 a Sulia contributor noted Pattinson’s sudden popularity for the role saying, “Now suddenly, out of the blue, several articles are once again referencing Rob as a fan favorite.”
Fans have had mixed reactions to the casting choice. As with any actor mentioned to play Christian Grey, fans have strong opinions on casting. While reading a novel each individual is given the personal freedom to mold the character in their own head to create the ideal man. No actor is going to live up to the expectations of fans which is going to make this role a challenge to fill. Robert Pattinson,27, has been called out by some as “not good looking enough to play Christian Grey.” Another reader commented, “Rob just doesn’t have the tough intimidating, overly intense charisma factor to be [Christian Grey].”
Last year Author E L James was misquoted as saying that it would be “weird” if Robert Pattinson played Christian Grey. Robert Pattinson jokingly responded to the comments in September saying “I think the author has written me out of it. I saw some interview earlier and they went, oh, it could never be him. And I’m like ,’Hey, I’m going to make you pay for that.” Pattinson still has plenty of fans wanting him for the role of Christian Grey.
“Lol at you all saying Rob isn’t hot enough. He IS Christian Grey. He’s who James wrote about.” -Claire Gerrey (fan)
“Look what ROB did for TWILIGHT! He is the hottest man in Hollywood you goofy people!” – Wileen Byroads (fan)
“Well, he was really great in Bel Ami, and he’s really branching out as an actor now.” –Courtney Marie (fan)
According to Hollywood Life the “Twilight” heartthrob has broken up with long time girlfriend Kristen Stewart so now may be the perfect time for a big change. The role of Christian Grey would be quite a leap for the generally reserved actor and could be just what he needs for his career. Robert Pattinson currently has four projects in pre-production but nothing close to filming yet. Official casting news for “Fifty Shades of Grey” is months away. Enjoy casting discussions and debates via Fifty Shades Examiner on Facebook and Twitter.