Stephen Amell Drops Hints About ’50 Shades’ Casting In Online Video

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Who is going to play Christian Grey? It looks like Stephen Amell knows a bit more about that than we do.

With a film version of E.L. James' sexy best seller "50 Shades Of Grey" in development at Universal, fan have been spending a lot of time speculating who will star in the steamy drama. And while Emma Watson has been getting just plain ornery about reports she'll be playing Anastasia Steele, another actor has just dropped some pretty serious hints that he's in the running to play the mysterious Christian Grey.

Stephen Amell, best known for playing the title role in the TV series "Arrow," has been getting some buzz as a potential Mr. Grey, and he addressed the rumors in a video he posted on his Facebook page.

"I get questions about Christian Grey all the time," Amell said in the video. "That project is a long way off. I know this ... because I had a meeting about it. LONG way off. I mean, not THAT long. But not close. I wouldn't call it long. But I wouldn't call it close."

So to take Amell at his word, he's in talks to play Grey, and he knows the timeline of the project. This could mean any number of things, but while plenty of actors have been rumored to be on the short list for the part - including Ryan Gosling (who was said to be the favorite by James' husband), Ian Somerhalder, Alexander Skarsgard, and Chris Pine - Amell is the first one to confirm he's actually taken a meeting about the role.

And when a reporter asked Amell about the casting rumors last fall, he replied, "I mean if you think about it, it would be four movies, the last part being two parts. I don't even own a house yet. So I don't think that I'd be turning that down any time soon." Since knowing the third book will be filmed in two parts isn't quite common knowledge, this suggests Amell has some inside knowledge the average fan does not.

The hunky Canadian actor has a bit of experience with sexy roles, having appeared in recurring roles on the cables series "Hung" and "Queer As Folk." He also popped up as Kyle on "New Girl," Scott Becker on "Private Practice" and Nick Harwell on "Heartland" before landing his current role on "Arrow." And to take him at his word, he's not adverse to booking some more work, so maybe we'll see him getting kinky when the movie opens, possibly as soon as the summer of 2014.