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'Fifty Shades' Of Christian: We Rank The Rumored Replacements

MTV News breaks down the round of candidates circling the project, like Alexander Skarsgard and Jamie Dornan.

With [article id="1715513"]Charlie Hunnam officially out[/article] of the big-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades Of Grey," it's only a matter of time before the studio announces his replacement in the role of the kinky, flawed billionaire Christian Grey.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Patrick Marber ("Closer," "Notes On A Scandal") has been hired to tweak the script for the Sam Taylor-Johnson-helmed project. Several leading men are now rumored to be circling the project, including "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard.

Sure, there will always be the "Fifty Shades" fans who are rooting for "Vampire Diaries" hunk Ian Somerholder or "White Collar" hottie Matt Bomer, but it's still anyone's game. Today, we rank the rumored list might of actors for who might make the best Christian Grey to replace the "Sons of Anarchy" star. (And if casting directors are looking for even more choices, check out MTV News' [article id="1715543"]unexpected casting choices[/article].)

Alexander Skarsgard

Given that he's frequently without clothes on "True Blood," having to film the explicit scenes from E.L. James' novel probably wouldn't make the Swedish actor blush. "True Blood" ends next year, so Skarsgard might be looking for some new project to leave his female fans drooling. Then again, he's slated to film [article id="1714703"]"The Giver"[/article] with Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift later this year, the same time that "Fifty Shades" is expected to film.

Jamie Dornan

Seduction is nothing new for the Irish actor. He first caught movie lovers' attention as he seduced Kirsten Dunst in "Marie Antoinette." The former model then popped up on ABC's "Once Upon A Time," playing The Huntsman, and later on U.K. detective series "The Fall." Dornan is just under the radar enough that starring in a film like "Fifty Shades" would help raise his profile.

Theo James

Given that Theo first made headlines in the U.S. for dying while having sex on "Downton Abbey," now might be his chance to prove he's got the stamina to do just about anything in the bedroom. However, the British actor is getting ready for a big breakout when "Divergent" hits theaters March 20, 2014, so it seems unlikely he's looking for another project to make him a household name.

But, by working on movie adaptation "Divergent," he just might understand the nuances of taking a beloved book and making it work in movie form.

Christian Cooke

Most recently, Christian appeared on the Starz series, "Magic City," as well as the latest adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic "Romeo And Juliet," playing Romeo's pal, Mercutio. He has several projects in the works, including the upcoming Lily Collins/Sam Claflin movie, "Love, Rosie," but none seem to have the buzz of "Fifty Shades." Playing Christian Grey just might end up putting his celebrity right in the black.