Sigh... Ryan Gosling turned down Fifty Shades of Grey

Sep 4, 2013 at 10:36 p.m. ET

Ryan Gosling was actually the first choice to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, according to a new report. So, why isn't he involved?

Ryan Gosling was first choice for Fifty Shades of Grey

See a resemblance between newly cast Fifty Shades of Grey star Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Gosling? We do… with a bit of concentration. There might be a reason for that: Gosling was the number one choice to play the BDSM-loving Christian Grey.

So, why doesn't he have the job? He "wasn't interested," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Well, shoot.

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Other frontrunners for the job reportedly included Garrett Hedlund, but he "couldn't connect with the character," according to THR. Rumors settled on Hunnam over the past several weeks, but he reportedly wouldn't commit to the character until a suitable female lead was lined up.

Enter Dakota Johnson. According to The Wrap, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson landed the part of naive Ana Steele after going through a "chemistry read" with Hunnam.

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Johnson wasn't the first person on the list for her role, either. Shailene Woodley was heavily courted for the role, but she couldn't commit because of press obligations for her upcoming film Divergent. Elizabeth Olsen, Imogen Poots and Felicity Jones were also favorites.

Some fans are still upset about the casting — a few even started a petition to get Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel in the role.

The backlash inspired producer Dana Brunetti to issue a little backlash of her own.

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"There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.," Brunetti wrote on Sept. 3. "So if your favorite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."

Something tells us we'll all be pleasantly surprised when Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters next summer.

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