Actor Garrett Hedlund passed on playing Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
A source told Us Weekly the “On the Road” actor couldn’t commit to the possibility of a franchise. "Doing a possible trilogy was too big a commitment, and producers wouldn't let him do just one film.”
Author James, however, isn’t sold on Somerhadler. A source told Us, "E.L. was at a Comic-Con party July 20 telling people the part won't go to Ian."
The only talent decision made so far: choosing “Nowhere Boy” director Sam Taylor-Johnson to helm the film.
James, who tweeted the news in June, told Vulture recently, "I saw both of her films, and I was blown away. Simple. 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.’"