Immediately after we first received word that the mega-best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James had landed in the realm of adaptations in development, picked up by Universal and Focus Features, the casting rumors, wishes, and demands started flying. Our own readers insisted on everyone from Christian Bale to Alexander Skarsgaard to Henry Cavil. Though the resumes of the nominated gentlemen vary immensely, there's one thing they all have in common: the smoldering, Christian Grey-worthy good looks.
And good looks aren't the only job requirement for this particular wanted ad: Christian is a multilayered, complex character. He Who Takes the Part has to have abilities beyond a smirk and a swagger; he has to evoke desire and lust, while displaying a certain sensitivity lying just below his overt dominance.
Fans have been incredibly vocal about their own casting dreams, but now Hollywood is getting in on the act as well. Bret Easton Ellis, in conjunction with his Twitter-expressed desire to adapt Fifty Shades himself (which wouldn't be a stretch, as he's earned his adaptation stripes), began pondering casting options, suggesting Ryan Gosling, among others. Well, count us among the many submitting to our desire to get in on the conversation as we present to you our Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey Casting Poll. Tell us below: If you could tie one actor down to the role of Grey, who would it be?