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The Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumor carousel continues unabated tonight, with the newest name tied to the project being one who isn’t on most people’s radar:

Luke Bracey.

The Australian hunk, 24, is said to be one of the current frontrunners to replace Charlie Hunnam, who abruptly bailed on the project a week ago.

“Luke is at the top of the list,” the insider says, noting that he has discussed the role and chemistry testing is planned with co-star Dakota Johnson.

Luke Bracey is best known as Trey Palmer on the Aussie soap Home and Away, and as Leighton Meester’s love interest in the 2011 film Monte Carlo.


While making that motion picture, he grew close with Selena Gomez. Earlier this year, after she split from Justin Bieber, the two were spotted holding hands.

Other actors rumored to be in the running for 50 Shades include Jamie Dornan, Alexander Skarsgard, Christian Cooke, Theo James and Francois Arnaud.

Whoever gets the nod has big shoes to fill. We’re not talking about Hunnam, but rather the risky role of a beloved character with a rabid fan base and high expectations.

Is Bracey the right man for the job he is reportedly in the running for? Or is he destined to fade away like so many other would-be contenders?

You tell us: Would Luke make a good Christian Grey?