Fifty Shades of Grey: Who Should Play Christian Grey?

03/29/2012 at 01:45 PM EDT

50 Shades of Grey: Who Should Play Christian Grey
Clockwise from top left: Max Irons, Chris Pine, Kellan Lutz, Alex Pettyfer, Ryan Gosling, Henry Cavill
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E L James may be a self-professed "control freak" about the process of bringing her erotic trilogy to movie theaters. But the author may want to take note of her rabid fan base – and just which actor they envision on the big screen.

The not-safe-for-work novel Fifty Shades of Grey is sitting pretty atop multiple best-seller lists, and women everywhere are talking about its protagonist, Anastasia Steele, and her troubled, controlling man, 27-year-old multi-millionaire Christian Grey. And after a Da Vinci Code-esque bidding war, Universal Studios and Focus Features came out on top and will release the film adaptation.

While Christian Bale (circa American Psycho) and Michael Fassbender (of Shame fame) immediately come to mind (as do Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, for obvious reasons), PEOPLE.com readers – and our staff! – also had plenty of suggestions.

Which actor could best embody the young and "very attractive," tall, finely dressed character with "unruly dark-copper-colored hair and intense, bright gray eyes"?





Max Irons

Just one look at the hunky star of Stephenie Meyer's new movie The Host can set pulses racing, as Ana might say. Between his brooding look and that messy bed head, he certainly resembles Ana's suitor, and he could easily transition from Tween fare to what's been widely labeled "mommy porn."

Chris Pine

The Star Trek actor is the perfect age for the role (Pine is 31 but certainly looks like he could be Christian's rather-mature 27) and his smoldering good looks obviously fit the bill. And while Pine once told PEOPLE his dream role would be Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Grey could be a classic for the 21st century ... right?

Kellan Lutz

A former model with a fashion background, Lutz knows how to dress, just like Christian. They've also got Greek-god good looks in common. "I always wanted to play a Greek god in something," Lutz, who portrayed Poseidon in Immortals, has said. And who could resist those eyes?



Alex Pettyfer

The Beastly star is a bonafide beauty, and his British background might appeal to author James, a fellow Brit. He's also got lead actor experience, thanks to last year's I Am Number Four.

Ryan Gosling

Is there a woman on this planet who wouldn't want to see more of Gosling? Beyond his sex appeal, the Golden Globe-nominated Gosling has clearly got the acting chops to take on the complex, complicated role of Mr. Fifty Shades.

Henry Cavill

Cavill is no stranger to edgy material – he played Charles Brandon on the HBO series The Tudors. The same can be said for strong, sexy: Cavill will portray Superman in the upcoming film Man of Steel – the ultimate beautiful man who comes to a woman's rescue. Need we say more?

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