Alexander Skarsgard recently said that he “was born to play” the part of Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey, and both Ian Somerhalder and Chris Pine have thrown their hats in the ring. While we definitely agree with two of the above, below are five of Hypable writer Sarah’s suggestions as to who should play the sexed-up leading man in the book-to-screen adaptation of EL James’ Fifty Shades series.

Other names, from Chris Hemsworth to Henry Cavill and even Christian Bale, have also been suggested for the role of the sexy 27-year-old billionaire, but with no official announcement, fans and media outlets continue to wait with bated breath. There has been little mention of who should play Ana, the young, innocent star of the erotic novel that’s sweeping the nation, but a few names have been tossed around, from terrible ideas (Dakota Fanning) to the more reasonable (Zooey Deschanel, Emma Stone). While of course Ana is important, the whole film hinges on Christian, and that’s why below is a list of the five candidates best suited to take on the complex role of Mr. Grey.

Matt Bomer


From Chuck to White Collar then on to a guest spot on Glee, Matt Bomer has always been more comedic than troubled. However, he absolutely fits the bill when it comes to Christian’s jawline and “Greek god” appearance, so it’s just a matter of whether he could really go dark for a role. The three characters that I’ve seen him portray were all very different, so he definitely has some acting chops, and I’m sure he could handle “playful” Christian. He can also be powerful and devious, as seen in Chuck. For all we know, he may not even be willing to take on this sort of role, but if he is, I would definitely support it.

 

Alexander Skarsgard


If there is one man who truly epitomizes Christian Grey, it’s Alexander Skarsgard (also pictured above, center). Let’s be honest – the role was practically written for him, and he said it himself, he was born for it. As Eric Northman in True Blood, we have seen Skarsgard be vicious, controlling and dark, but also sweet and caring. In the first few seasons, he was completely Dominant, but in the last season, he proved that he could easily pull off Submissive Christian. As a bonus: he’s tall, slender and has the right hair color. The downside is that Skarsgard has said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t want to by typecast as his True Blood character, so let’s hope he’s willing to make an exception for this role.
 

Shane West


Bear with me on this one. I’m not talking about Nicholas Sparks-infused A Walk to Remember Shane West, but rather the Shane West that has emerged on The CW’s Nikita, kicking ass and taking names on a weekly basis. He, like all the other suggestions on this list, is tall, dark and handsome, with an added bonus: his gruff voice, which depending on the situation can sound sinister, violent or sexy. He can definitely be intense, and has a very commanding presence, however he is also good at portraying sweet and protective. He can pull off Christian’s copper-colored hair without a hitch, and the boy looks sharp in a suit.

 

Ian Somerhalder


One of the main things that makes Somerhalder (also pictured above, right) a front-runner for this film is the fact that he wants to do it. He’s said in multiple interviews that he would love this role, and it’s always a bonus to have an actor who is especially passionate about his character. Not to mention, his smoldering eyes are just as swoon-worthy as those depicted in James’ series. In his role as Damon on The Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder has proven himself capable of portraying troubled-yet-lovable. He can be carefree and fun, as seen in Lost, but he expertly pulls off man-with-a-dark side. The way he is controlling and protective over Elena in TVD is just how Christian behaves toward Ana. His hair color’s not quite right, but surely that’s not the most important part of casting this character.
 

Armie Hammer


He hasn’t been known for deep lead roles, but from what Armie Hammer displayed as both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, he definitely has the potential to make a great Christian Grey. Hammer is able to be intense and controlling, and I could easily see him domineering an innocent Ana Steele one minute and playing with fast cars and helicopters the next. I’m interested to see what this actor will do next as his career continues to grow, and Fifty Shades could be an interesting move that would open him up to less guest roles and position him as a stellar leading man. He is tall, with a powerful appearance and copper hair, so he could easily pull off Grey’s looks. It’s just a matter of how far he’s willing to go – or rather, how naked he’s willing to get – in his next film.

 

Who do you think should play Christian Grey? What about Ana Steele? Vote in our poll and then sound off in the comments below!

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After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”