Despite all the negativity surrounding the Fifty Shades franchise, there is no doubt that they are a hit financially. There is definitely a market and that showed with Fifty Shades of Grey. Its sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, will attempt to up the ante as it brings with it a brand new director James Foley. Along with a new director, a report has surfaced that suggest that Divergent star Theo James is in competition with The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder to play Anastasia Steele's boss Jack Hyde!
Could Theo James really play Jack Hyde?
Theo James is an interesting actor, coming into stardom with his role as Tobias 'Four' Eaton in the Divergent series. Funnily enough, as soon as I saw Theo James I said to myself: "He would be perfect for a Fifty Shades movie". He just has that sexy vibe about him and I can definitely see him in a Shades film. He definitely strays away from Jack Hyde in the books but I believe he could produce a great performance. While the Fifty Shades films aren't really my personal cup of tea, I might just watch the sequel if Theo James is cast!
Is Ian Somerhalder the better choice?
The other actor who is being considered for the role is Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder. Somerhalder definitely fits the description of the character much better than Theo James and would be a very fit option for the role. Somerhalder's performances on Vampire Diaries is what really put him over-the-top and he has definitely grown as a performer. Somerhalder is reportedly very interested in working with Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele, and is thrilled to be considered for the role. Either way they decide to go, I'm sure it will work out for both the director and female fans looking for some eye-candy alike!
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