Not so, says a source close to the hunky Twilight star.
According to the insider, R.Pattz has been telling pals that he's not in the running to play the highly anticipated film's main character. Interestingly enough, it seems as though the Twilight heartthrob wasn't entirely turned off by the idea of playing Mr. Grey.
"Of course it would have been something he wouldn't mind doing, but he was never gunning for the role in the first place," the source explained.
Really? Well, that aside, it looks like there were two major obstacles getting in the way of seeing Rob in the film: his schedule and his salary.
Reports claim that Hunnam, who just backed out of the film last weekend, was going to be paid $125,000 for the controversial role.
"Rob was never going to take a significant pay cut to play the role," the source added.
And even if the money had been on par with Pattinson's expectations, he wouldn't be able to participate in the film anywhere given their time table. The 27-year-old is busy preparing for Mission: Blacklist, one of the many projects he has in the pipeline.
Prior to Hunnam's casting announcement, rumors had been swirling that Pattinson had been wanted for the role.
And the reports were confirmed when E.L. James' pal Bret Easton Ellis took to Twitter to divulge a few casting couch secrets.
"E.L. James and I were at Rob Pattinson's house when she admitted that Rob was the first choice for Christian," he confessed.
"Ian Somerhalder never in running," he added. "Matt Bomer was never in the running."