The Fifty Shades of Grey casting wars continue. According to two new polls, Ian Somerhalder is now the frontrunner for the coveted role of sexy sadist Christian Grey. Matt Bomer now holds second place.
Of course, the Vampire Diaries heart-throb has hovered near the top of the list of Christian Grey hopefuls for some time. In fact, a darkly mesmerizing 50 Shades of Grey trailer recently surfaced online pairing Ian Somerhalder with Emma Watson as his submissive virgin--albeit not for long--Anastasia Steele. Now, Ian is winning in two ongoing nation-wide polls as well. In Books & Review's "mommie porn" movie poll, Ian garnered 39.55 percent of the votes. Matt Bomer came in hard on Ian's heels with 33.52 percent. An even more recent poll conducted by, of all people, Katie Couric, also shows Somerhalder in the lead. In Couric's poll, Nina Dobrev's brooding beau has 43% of the votes. Matt Bomer garnered second place in the Couric poll as well, but he fell further behind by a wider margin with, once again, 33 percent of the votes. The above results for both polls were as of September 13, and Katie Couric's poll is still ongoing. It will be interesting to see the Couric poll's final results when Fifty Shades of Grey author E. L. James makes her scheduled September 17 guest appearance on Katie's show.
So there you have it. The casting war goes on. Maybe Ian Somerhalder and even Matt Bomer should send Ryan Gosling a nice gift for reportedly withdrawing his name from the race.
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