'50 Shades of Grey' Movie: Porn Star James Deen to Play Christian Grey?

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If you're going to cast someone to play Christian Grey, the sexual slavemaster at the center of Fifty Shades of Grey, why not just bypass traditional Hollywood leading men and go straight to the world of porn?

That's what may yet happen with the much-discussed film version of E.L. James' steamy bestseller.

According to novelist/screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis, who was once shortlisted to adapt the book into a screenplay himself, the filmmakers are thinking of casting porn star James Deen as Christian Grey -- a casting choice that Ellis says has the approval of the Fifty Shades author herself.

"Just got inside information that James Deen is actually in the running to play Christian in "Fifty Shades of Grey" with E.L. James support," Ellis tweeted on Saturday.

Who does Ellis believe will co-star as Anastasia Steele?

Ellis followed his initial tweet about the production with two more in quick succession, claiming that the film will have a very low budget (by Hollywood standards) of under $15 million, and that the filmmakers want to find an unknown ingenue to play Grey's lover, Anasatasia Steele.

"'Fifty Shades of Grey' will be budgeted at 12-15 million and James Deen is on the list of actors to play Christian Grey according to source," Ellis tweeted.

He added, "Fifty Shades of Grey movie will DEFINITELY be written by a woman and the budget will be below 15 million. Ana will be played by an unknown."

The Less Than Zero novelist got himself in trouble last time he went on a tweeting session about Fifty Shades. Last month, Ellis earned criticism for saying that Magic Mike star Matt Bomer wouldn't make a convincing Christian because he's openly gay, and audiences wouldn't be able to suspend disbelief to accept him as a hetero stud. (At least no one who knows Deen's background would doubt that he is, um, up to the task.)

Ellis and Dean are close friends, Deen having been cast in the Ellis-scripted drama The Canyons alongside Lindsay Lohan. (You can see photos of the two young stars partying together in the gallery at the top of this article.) That movie, currently in production and due for release next year, marks Deen's first foray into mainstream filmmaking. Fifty Shades would surely complete the transition, making him perhaps the first male porn star to successfully cross over into serious, legit roles in Hollywood.

Of course, that's assuming he actually gets the part of Christian Grey. In a recent interview, E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, said he thought Ryan Gosling had the part sewn up.

 

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  • lee
    lee

    i thought of it before you. ask me mum

  • KH
    KH

    I am for Matt Bomer all the way, but if you know James' work like I do, you couldn't hope for a more convincing Christian. I truly though no one else could do it bar Matt Bomer, then I read this...I may have changed my mind!

  • Deanna
    Deanna

    HE IS NOT GOOD LOOKIN!!!!! NO WAY!!!! Ian, was first person who came to my mind 2 chapters into book!!!!!!

  • FA
    FA

    I agree with JG... When i has reading the book, the image that i have in my mind about Christian, is the exactly image of Ian... I think he will be perfect for the character. So, please, don't put a porn star in this movie, neither Ryan Gosling... Don't screw up all the history... Thanks....

  • anna
    anna

    I think Erik Fellows should play Christian Grey, he looks exactly how I would imagine Mr. Grey. https://www.google.com/search?q=erik+fellows&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#biv=i|0;d|Qablx3IU8sAltM:

  • JG
    JG

    I think the star for Christian Grey should be Ian Somerhalder. He is sexy, has a good and bad way about him and he is NOT a porn star. Though 50 shades is light porn, do we really want the movie to be PORN?

  • Marie
    Marie

    oh nooo, please.... Matt Bomer is the only player possible. All women dream of him. His gaze is so sexy and mysterious at the same time. Matt Bomer is the only one who can embody Christian Grey. Who cares he's gay, when you look at the film, we never think that, believe me, you will dream to be instead Ana ...

  • NOMOVIE
    NOMOVIE

    There is no one in this world that can top "Christan Gray"......his description is unmatchable.....and who is James Dean (Porn) star.......please....

  • Jenn InFocus-photography
    Jenn InFocus-photography

    Please dont cast James

  • Nic
    Nic

    that's a hard limit!

  • Katie
    Katie

    Um no no no no no! I'm thinking someone the likes of Richard Armitage, Matt Dallas or even Ryan Gosling! I believe - to make the film classified as a film and not a porn film - they will not show all of the sex. I believe that most of the sex will be showed in a bit of a montage (like in Friends with Benefits). I will be way pissed if he plays Christian.

  • Jules
    Jules

    James Deen is far too unattractive to portray Christian Grey. A tall, incredibly handsome actor with a broad range should get the role. It will be a difficult role to cast, but my hope is that an actor fitting the description in the books is selected.

  • Lacey
    Lacey

    Shamar Moore? Are you serious? Matt Bomer all the way. Who cares gay or straight....when you look that good you can be whatever you want. Straight actors play gay characters all the time.

  • SANTAE
    SANTAE

    David Gandy should play Mr.Grey!!!!

  • Ella
    Ella

    He's gross!!!

  • Kendra Moore
    Kendra Moore

    It might not be a bad idea... the book is a porn in itself, so why not use a porn star for the role?? I don't think someone like Channing Tatum, Zac Efrom, Rob Pattenson, or any other leading actor at the moment would want to be coined for this type of character, nor do I think their audience view them in this way... so why not use someone who already has career playing this role?? James Deen has been in over 2,000 adult films... and now, he's also set to be staring along side with Lindsey Lohan in a 2013 film, The Canyons, so he is clearly transitioning and expanding his roles outside of the porn world, I think he would actually be pretty for the movie. I don't think an A list actor to play the role because of the popularity of the book series.... women will be lined up out the door regardless of who plays the role of Christian Grey. Those who aren't thrilled with the idea of a porn star will get over and still see the movie... and those who don't won't have a large enough impact of box office sales to matter. This movie will make a killing regardless.

  • Kerri Egan
    Kerri Egan

    NOOOOOOOOOO why bring down a good book into a bad movie? I don't think there will be a box office pull for a PORN star! No one knows him except for the porn audience. I think a hollywood star should play him like Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds or Channing Tatum. The guy HAS to be gorgeous and sexy. Shamar Moore and Eddie Cibrion also great choices! Come on - to the author, don't disappoint us! Given the popularity of the book, if you want a popular movie, use a name EVERYONE knows and loves. Leonardo DiCaprio is my favorite pick for this part! No one would say no to Bradley Cooper I imagine or Zac Efron, Robert Pattenson, Ashton Kutcher. There is SO much eye candy to choose from. If the ladies loved the character in the book because of his sexy looks, you HAVE to match that to the screen adaptation!!!!!! Don't screw this one up! FORGET THE PORN actors. Choose A REAL actor!!!!

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  • Janette Zimmerman
    Janette Zimmerman

    I THOUGHT OF THIS FIRST! Someone needs to pay me.

  • Nicole
    Nicole

    Honestly this is a HORRIBLE idea! Even if my pick, Ian Somerhalder, doesnt get the part, having a porn star is prob the worst idea yet. I will not see it.

  • Vickie
    Vickie

    Perfect casting. No legit actor should touch this piece of garbage.

  • Anne
    Anne

    this is crazy.... i'll be very pist if they cast him

  • Anne
    Anne

    thanks, but no thanks!

  • sharon
    sharon

    ewww i don't think sooo

  • Jamie Estep Carbone
    Jamie Estep Carbone

    No thank you!