Romance Book Readers Want Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey in the '50 Shades Of Grey' Movie

Survey Held by and Also Shows Support for Robert Pattinson and Alexander Skarsgard
NEW YORK - Oct. 21, 2013 - PRLog -- and held a survey this week to find out which actor fans would like to see play the coveted role of Christian Grey in the upcoming movie version of 50 Shades of Grey, now that Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the project.

Over 2,600 visitors to, which covers romance books and all topics related to romance, cast their votes, and the winner is Ian Somerhalder with 18% of the votes. The 34-year-old actor with the smoldering good looks and charm is best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in the TV show Vampire Diaries.

What many don’t know about Ian is that he is also passionate about saving the planet and created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation ( to empower and support youth and to teach the importance of protecting the environment and animals.

“We’re delighted that Ian was the winner of our survey,” said Lori Perkins, one of the partners in RomanceBeat.  “We would be surprised if he wasn’t originally considered for the role as romance readers really know their stuff. And, we can’t wait to see him with blond hair!”

Robert Pattinson of Twilight movie fame garnered enough votes for second place, with True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard at third place.  To see all of the results visit:

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About RomanceBeat: is a blog that finds the “pulse of romance” in pop culture. Founded on Valentine’s Day, 2013, the site is written by a team of experienced reporters who keep their eyes on celebrities and the little known, seeking to find the romantic theme in their daily activities.  If love is in the air, you’ll find it on

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