Actor Garrett Hedlund poses at the 13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles May 20, 2011. The awards recognize young performers in film, television and music. (Photo : Reuters)
A recent tweet by British author E.L. James, of '50 Shades' fame, has turned fans into a tizzy, with rumors stating that she is potentially scoping out an actor for the upcoming film adaptation of her bestselling novel. According to Gather Entertainment, the popular author tweeted, "Watching Troy," which prompted rumors that she was actually checking out the acting chops of actor Garrett Hedlund.
Hedlund, who stars alongside Kristen Stewart in 'On The Road,' plays the cousin of Achilles (Brad Pitt) in 'Troy.' While Hedlund has not been named too often among fan picks for the highly coveted role, Gather reported that he did star in a fan-made '50 Shades of Grey' movie trailer alongside 'Les Miserables' starlet Amanda Seyfried.
Of course, the 28-year-old actor will be faced with some tough competition if he were interested in the role. Actors Ian Somerhalder ('The Vampire Diaries') and Matt Bomer ('White Collar') have been staples in all fan polls for the role of sexy millionaire Christian Grey. Recently superhero actors Henry Cavill ('Man of Steel') and Stephen Amell ('Arrow') have also gained traction among fans.
In the most recent fan poll conducted by Latinos Post, the newest Superman took the lead with 39.45 percent of the votes or 1,418 out of 3,594 votes cast. Vampire-playing Somerhalder followed in second place with 23.43 percent.
Whether or not James was truly scoping out Hedlund for the role or merely watching 'Troy' for purely entertainment purposes remains to be seen. Both the author and the films screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, have told reporters that no casting decisions will be made until the production team has decided on a director and the film's script has been written. Up until January, only Marcel and producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti have been confirmed for the project. The film does not have a release date set.