Christian Grey’s rival for Anastasia Steele’s affections has been found. Actor Victor Rasuk has been cast as Jose Rodriguez in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” according to Deadline.
A budding photographer, Jose’s been chummy with Ana since their freshman year of college. But, as it quickly becomes clear in the series’ first installment, Jose is looking for a little more than a gal pal in the co-ed, so he’s none too pleased when Christian enters Ana’s life. (Especially when he drunkenly tries to smooch Ana at a bar and is rebuffed by a furious Christian.)
Rasuk will be readily recognizable to fans of HBO’s defunct series “How to Make It in America,” in which he portrayed hustler Cam Calderon. He’s also appeared in “Jobs,” “Che” and “Stop Loss,” and will star in “Godzilla.”
The 29-year-old actor joins a cast that already includes Dakota Johnson as Ana, Jamie Dornan as Christian (having replaced “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam, who dropped out of the project earlier this month), Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother, Elliot, and Jennifer Ehle as Ana’s mom, Carla. Yet to be cast: Ana’s best friend (and Elliot’s paramour) Kate Kavanaugh.
Production on the erotic adaptation, which was originally scheduled for November, has been pushed back to December, after producers scrambled to fill the vacated role of Christian. Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct a script by Kelly Marcel.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is scheduled to hit theaters on August 1, 2014.