Minnesota native turns down lead role in '50 Shades of Grey'


Roseau native Garrett Hedlund has turned down the opportunity to play the coveted role of the S&M-obsessed billionaire Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey," Us Weekly reports.

A source close to the production told Us, "Doing a possible trilogy was too big a commitment, and producers wouldn't let him do just one film."

Penned by E.L. James, all three "50 Shades" books are being planned for films by Universal Pictures subsidiary Focus Features -- starting with "50 Shades of Grey," and followed by "50 Shades Darker" and "50 Shades Free."

Hedlund grew up in Roseau and moved with his family to Scottsdale, Az., when he was in ninth grade, according to the actor's IMDb bio.

Hedlund's film credits include playing the lead role of Sam Flynn opposite Jeff Bridges in the 2010 sci-fi hit "Tron: Legacy." His other films include "Troy," the 2004 film version of "Friday Night Lights" and "Four Brothers."

More recently Hedlund, 28, starred in "Country Strong" and "On the Road." In December, he'll be featured in a supporting role in fellow Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis."

The hotly anticipated "50 Shades of Grey" has yet to cast any actors. The only major announcement has come with the hiring of director Sam Taylor -Johnson, who directed "Nowhere Boy" -- a biopic of the young John Lennon starring her then-boyfriend and now-husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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