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Francois Arnaud Approached for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Exclusive)

Francois Arnaud Approached for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Exclusive)

Francois Arnaud is the latest actor being thrown into the mix to potentially play Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey!

Sources close to the situation confirm exclusively to that the 28-year-old French Canadian actor has been approached for the role, which was originally supposed to be played by Charlie Hunnam. No offers have been made yet and several other actors are being considered as well.

Francois is best known for his role as Cesare Borgia on the hit Showtime series The Borgias, which just finished its third and final season over the summer. He will next be steaming up the screen alongside Camilla Belle in the new film Amapola.

In an interview with New York Magazine back in 2011, Francois admitted that he has a “natural darkness,” which we think is perfect for the role. “I think everyone has that, actually. I think you just have to be honest about it and be willing to explore that,” he said at the time.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Francois Arnaud playing Christian Grey?

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  • Steph

    I dont see it

  • lalal


  • Carol


  • Sayer

    Never heard of him. I guess his publicist has released this statement.

  • Leah

    YUCK! Should be Jonathan Ryhs Meyers. He was naked in the Tudors show lol he’s so hot too
    they should just give up, this movie should NOT be made.
    it’s awful! total porno movie

  • gratziella

    francois is way too talented for this shit

  • Cate

    The fact that a ‘sources close to the situation’ that are obviously his publicist released an exclusive statement to Just Jared of all places means they are trying to drum up attention for him. He’s too good for this garbage. Pretty much everyone named in connection is too good for it.

  • Nicky

    I feel like they are testing every actor in the running by asking JJ to post pictures here so we can comment lol

    Maybe they should consider Rob James-Collier or TOM MISON. E.L James posted something about Sleepy Hollow on twitter… so she is aware of him. he is very good looking

  • Nicky

    too french

  • David

    I think Francois is perfect for the role, although I hadn’t thought of him before. He’s super hot and sexy, has the sophistication of Christian and has an innate dark side that is steamy!

  • miat

    Francois Arnaud is too talent ,too sexy, too gorgeous and too intelligent to take this part. I can not see him wasting his time on this crap.

  • Nate

    whos dat?

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  • Samantha Patterson

    Francois, please don’t lower yourself.

  • Jenn

    That’s not the best picture of him above. If you watch him in the Borgias.. then oh hell yeah he would make an awesome Christian! The dude is HOT!

  • Trinity

    @ASIANS CAN READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!:

    So many people are posting this!! It’s all over the internet! Check it out! :O

  • jessica markey

    I think he and Jamie dornan would both be great in the role.

  • booksgalore111

    Really? None of these guys resemble Christian! Can he at least look like the “Greek God” he’s described as? What is wrong with these “professionals”? Get it together or don’t make a movie at all. Leave us with our own perception of these characters as made up in our minds. NO MOVIE REQUIRED!

  • Anna

    Nooooo he can’t waste his talents on this!

  • Nightwish

    @Maria: Its not all about looks. Its about charisma and chemistry. A gay guy cant fake love and lust for a woman. It will translate on screen and it wont be believable.

  • Sarah

    I don’t know much about 50 shades & had no interest in seeing it till now!! Francois is one of my favorite actors & my number 1 celebrity crush. He is so talented & it is nice that he is getting some recognition. If he’s in it I am going to see it no matter how good or bad it’s gonna turn out to be.

  • Theresa

    I think…yes. Yes. That’s all I can say. I think he can rock the role in a way that will make me actually LIKE the story (wasn’t a huge fan of the book, but I think Francois can change that)

  • Keelyn

    if they insist on making a movie, they MUST hire Matt Boomer for Christian Grey and some girl who can pass as a young inocent and ‘virginal’ for Anna Steele… Dakota who-knows-what does not look inocent at all!!!!

  • http://JustJared Jan

    Oh gawd, I hope they pick a man that looks like a man, not a boy. I nominate Jonny Miller.

  • niagirl

    No. Give to RPutz buddy, Jamie D. E.L. can imagine screwing the Putz through
    his friend.

  • Clemenzia

    Don’t do it, Francois. You’re too good for this trash!

  • http://twitter lettie

    I have said Francois from the beginning! If you watch him in Borgias you can totally see it! Give a chance! He Rocks!

  • Lisa

    Um this guy is so not Christian Grey. Are they forgetting what CG looks like? He is tall, broad shouldered, breathtakingly beautiful, and greek-god like/masculine. This guy, nor Jamie Dornan, or Christian Cooke live up to that AT ALL. Francois is tall but that’s about it and that’s not enough. But they didn’t stick to the books when casting for Ana so I shouldn’t be surprised if they don’t for Christian either. Ugh, seriously, they need to get rid of Dakota and start it ALL over again or let it go. She looks nothing like Ana and looks so old for her age.

  • Willa

    Yes!!! he’s perfect for the role. really handsome in the borgias! he’s not a boy, he’s a man.
    he will be know worldwide, so happy for him.

  • Willa

    You’re so right!

  • JoyLinn

    @booksgalore111 You are absolutely correct!!! I’m for scrapping the movie too. When they offered Charlie only $125,000 to do the movie, that only shows they are thinking of profits and not who is best. They have lost most of the fans of the books already.

  • rubi

    Why do people keep assisting that Cristian grey is played by someone else but Ian Somerhalder. Ian somerhalder is perfectly great to playbthe role of cristian grey I been saying this since the book was released. If its not Ian somerhalder I’m not going to see the movie as much I want to I won’t . IAN SOMERHALDER IS CHRISTIAN GREY THATS FINAL.why be disappointed when you can be happy. Ian somerhalder 100%

  • tulino

    Francois is way too talented for this role or any role he want to play, Francois is on of the best actor of this generation, after his role of Cesare Borgia, he has proved he can do anything. Francois is the best.

  • Isa
  • DisappointedFan

    Instead of releasing potential unknowns considered for the role of Christian (none of whom even resemble CG), they should consider dropping Dakota Johnson. She looks nothing like Ana!!! They can scan the streets of Any city in the world, and easily spot an Ana look alike. They should start fresh and hope all the fans don’t abandon this project come release date. This film has become a fiasco, but knowing greedy Hollywood they will still go ahead with production. Who cares if the cast sucks, right?

  • Wurry

    He definitely has an understated sex appeal about him. He also looks fabulous naked.

  • irene

    Fran├žois deserves better, he’s amazing. Too talented for this tbh.

  • Camden

    Well this is just getting worse and worse….all of a sudden Charlie Hunnam is looking like he was the best choice ever!

  • Nala

    This movie is doomed from the day E.L.James decided taking part of control. It really has the potential to be something extrordinary if big adaption was made.
    I love you Francois, so RUN RUN RUNNNNN AWAY for your life!!

  • hm

    It will be perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tamara

    No I hope Alexander Skarsgard will play the role

  • kissy

    nicky …… c est quoi etre “” trop francais ???”" s il te plait ….. que je sache puisque je suis francaise ….. merci et non francois n est pas fait pour le role ………

  • Amanda

    He’s a beautiful man and very talented. I hope he passes though. This movie is nothing but soft porn.

  • Amanda

    @Steph: I can’t see Francois Arnaud, going for a hype-y role like this. He’s beautiful though.

  • Maria

    It better be some lesser known TV actor who should take over the project.

  • oh well

    Please pick someone already so JJ can move forward to other news!

  • Jackie


    I think he is great and will do just fine !!!

  • Jackie

    Yes he Would be Great.. Very Talented Young Man..
    If he is asked he better ask for Big Dollars…….

  • Mike

    He’s ugly, IMO. Get ALEX PETTYFER!

  • Saddy

    I’m not sure if I should wish that he doesn’t get the role because he is too good for this…. or if I should wish that he does play this part so I can see Cesare Borgia exposed…