RYAN Gosling is set to take on the lead role in a movie adaptation of EL James' hit erotic book 50 Shades of Grey, according to reports.
James' husband Niall Leonard told Now Magazine that Gosling - often cited as one of the world's sexiest men - was set to play Christian Grey, "last he heard".
Other actors rumoured for the role include Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson.
But even a spokesperson from the Twilight website Twifans.com agreed Gosling would make a perfect Grey, telling MTV.com: "Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling, and Ryan Gosling. Imagine him in jeans hung low on the hip."
Leonard also told Now that the character of Grey, a wealthy dominating businessman, wasn't based on him.
"I'm glad I'm not him because he's actually damaged ... I wouldn't have liked to go through what he went through."
Actresses rumoured for the role of Anastasia Singer, Grey's submissive girlfriend in the best-selling novel, include Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie.
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