Rumor has it that Jamie Dornan, America’s most commanding leading man, may be so curious about what the rest of the acting world has to offer that he’s stepping down from the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. While we kind of think Jamie should be bound to a contract of some kind now that he’s forever been cemented as our visual image of this domineering character, we’re still going to let our imaginations run wild as we fantasize about which other leading man could possibly step into those wonderfully naughty shoes.
1. Charlie Hunnam
This Sons of Anarchy Adonis was originally slated to play Mr. Gray, but then he pulled out unexpectedly due to scheduling issues. Perhaps the success of the first one will reignite his interest in the project? If not, someone in Hollywood, please figure out more ways to keep this man shirtless. Thanks.
2. Channing Tatum
Okay, okay, we know he probably has his plate full with the upcoming Magic Mike XXL release, (not that we’ve watched the trailer two or 20 times), but the mere thought of this grade-A hunk dancing his way into Grey’s office sends magical chills through our spines.
3. Chris Soules
This season’s Bachelor may be a farmer, but by now he’s definitely been through so much drama on the show that we think he should be awarded an honorary degree from Juliard. Perhaps in the movie version of the sequels, Ana will have a friend that Grey can simultaneously date?
4. John Slattery
Yes, we realize that Grey is only 27 years old, but it would be so easy to picture that billionaire bad boy as a silver fox, especially since we’ve already grown accustomed to him lighting up the boardroom with that sexy smirk in Mad Men.
5. Michael C. Hall
This could be a great way to sate our Dexter withdrawal. We’re pretty sure he’d be murderously impressive at bringing the role to a whole new level of sinister seduction.
6. Steve Buscemi
What, you didn’t think Steve was sexy as Nucky in Boardwalk Empire? Okay, well he definitely has that enticingly enigmatic aura about him that makes us sure he’s down to get freaky.
7. Taylor Kitsch
Taylor won over our full hearts with his portrayal of bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, and he’s been a power player in the roster of our sexual fantasies ever since. He’s got an inherent sweetness that might not make him every casting director’s first choice for Grey, but if he can make me care about football, he can do anything he sets his beautiful mind to.
8. Tom Brady
Speaking of football, we’d also like to toss this name in the hat. Tom may not be an actor, but we’re pretty sure the movie would be a touchdown even if it was just 90 minutes of him flashing that ridiculous smile. Do they make spandex business suits?
9. George Clooney
No one does elegantly objectifiable better. Plus, he’s going to need something to occupy his time while his wife is out saving the world.