Bret Easton Ellis Claims Rob Was First Choice to Play Christian Grey While Stephenie’s Original Choice for Carlisle Got the Role

American Psycho author, Bret Easton Ellis, claimed on his Twitter page that Rob was the first choice to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, according to author E.L. James, who allegedly shared the scoop with him at Rob’s house, no less, during a party a few months ago (it was that birthday party that Rob hosted for director Nicholas Jarecki, which was full of celebrity guests, remember?). Bret loves to ruffle feathers on Twitter, and at one point he was very interested in writing or directing 50 Shades, so God knows if he’s serious or trolling as per usual, but here are the tweets:

It would not surprise us to be honest, if Rob was truly E.L. James’ first pick for the role. If you were part of the fandom three years ago when Master of the universe (the original fan fic title for 50 Shades of Grey) was taking over Twitter and pretty much everyone (not really us) counted the days for the next update, then you remember that back then all the fan manips featured Rob and Kristen as the main characters, and obviously they were everybody’s image of them for quite a while, not just because they were originally Edward and Bella, but because people liked to imagine them as the actors of the story… until the new wave of fans of the book started asking for Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel. And it was also kind of suspicious how E.L. James was at Rob’s house for that party.

Either way, 50 Shades of Grey has its Christian and the funny story is that is Charlie Hunnam, Stephenie’s first pick to play Carlisle.

From the files, she posted on July 7, 2007, the following:

Second only to Edward on my “passionately decided” list is Carlisle’s character. My favorite: Charlie Hunnam. The reason this actor was able to get such a hold on me was his work as the title character in Nicholas Nickleby. He pretty much was Carlisle in that movie.

Check out that page for some real nostalgia and general weirdness. It’s crazy how time flies and how pretty much the series is now over. It seems like only yesterday fans were discussing who should play the characters, and how they were all throwing fits when Rob was announced as Edward Cullen (which, coincidentally, is how I discovered Twilight. I was a fan of Rob since managing HPLA, and the scandal made me read the book). The backlash was insane back then, if you remember Rob got death threats, there were petitions to remove him from the project, and that’s pretty much exactly what Charlie is facing right now from disappointed 50 Shades fans, but we’re pretty sure fans will get over it with time. Twilight fans did as soon as they saw Rob as Edward.

H/T: Page to premiere.

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