50 Shades of Grey Movie Cast: Matt Bomer as Christian Grey Hinted by EL James on Katie Couric

White Collar's Matt Bomer fans might have been right all along when they pushed for their idol to be cast as billionaire tycoon and philanthropist S&M practitioner Christian Grey in the upcoming film version of EL James controversial and wildly popular novel Fifty Shades of Grey

In her first major television interview, James sat with Katie Couric on the set of her new ABC talk show to discuss the success of her much commented and discussed BSDM novel as well as the summer-long speculation over who should be cast to play the main roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel.

And though James remained tight-lipped about revealing any names, limiting herself to say she has "three favorites" for the role, Katie Couric's show published a Facebook poll where fans of both the show and the book are voting among a list of five candidates (The Notebook's Ryan Gosling, The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder, White Collar's Matt Bomer, True Blood's Aleksander Skarsgard and Man of Steel's Henry Cavill). And so far, it looks like it's a tie between Bomer and Somerhalder.

Fifty Shades of Grey the movie is still in its early stages of production with only the producers, The Social Network's Danna Brunetti and Michael De Luca, already on board, while the director, screenwriter as well as most of the cast and crew posts remain vacant. 

Earlier in the summer, American Psycho author Bret Easton-Ellis relentlessly bid himself as a potential writer, only to be dismissed by the upcoming movie's team after tweeting malicious remarks about Matt Bomer who -- according to Easton-Ellis -- wouldn't be a good idea for the role of Christian Grey for being openly gay. If Easton-Ellis' dismissal after throwing Bomer under the bus is any indication, the White Collar actor figures now as a top contender to clinch one of the most coveted cinema roles of the decade.