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The erotic e-novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has caused quite a sensation, titillating women readers with its steamy plot of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism (and those are just the first four shades of grey).

The trilogy by E.L. James is a No. 1 bestseller and centers on the relationship between billionaire twenty-something Christian Grey and recent college grad Anastasia Steele. Christian, “the richest, most elusive, most enigmatic bachelor in Washington State,” pounces on Steele, a virgin, and next thing we know she’s signing away her life to sado-sex it up with Christian in his “Red Room of Pain.”

Needless to say, Christian’s a complicated romantic hero.

The film rights were snapped up by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, and now all anyone in the Fifty Shades blogosphere can talk about is who will be cast as Christian and Anastasia. For the male lead, fans are naming everyone from Ryan Gosling to Robert Pattinson, but a sizeable number are saying Cillian Murphy.

He’s been known to play both creepy and sexy, but could he pull off playing a 27-year-old entrepreneur with a taste for leather whips on flesh?

“I haven’t read the book,” Murphy said in an interview at the WSJ today. “I know everyone’s talking about it. The thing is, it’s kind of random how you get jobs, you know? You just read the script. If you like it, you like it.”


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