Robert Pattinson was ‘first choice’ for ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, Bret Easton Ellis claims

Fellow Brit Charlie Hunnam has just been unveiled as the star of the eagerly-anticipated film

Author Bret Easton Ellis has claimed that Robert Pattinson was EL James’s “first choice” to star in Fifty Shades Of Grey.

James, author of the trilogy of erotic novels tracing the sexual relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey, announced the film’s male and female leads yesterday (September 2). Charlie Hunnam will play Grey opposite Dakota Johnson as Steele.

American Psycho author Ellis then took to Twitter to spread a rumour about the casting process.

Famously, EL James developed Fifty Shades Of Grey from a fan fiction series she had written involving Pattinson’s Twilight character Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart’s character Bella Swann.

The casting of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele had been the subject of endless speculation ever since James sold the screen rights to Fifty Shades Of Grey in March 2012. Emma Watson and Mila Kunis were once considered frontrunners to play Steele, while Henry Cavill, Ryan Gosling and Ian Somerhalder were also tipped for the part of Grey.

Meanwhile, Ellis made no secret of his desire to pen the film’s script before revealing in August 2012 that he was off the shortlist. The job eventually went to British screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Nowhere Boy‘s Sam Taylor-Wood is on board as director and the film is set to open in US cinemas on August 1, 2014, though the UK release date has yet to be confirmed.