Fans have voted The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder their ideal choice to replace Charlie Hunnam in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film adaptation.

Sons Of Anarchy star Hunnam walked away from the coveted role of Christian Grey on Saturday (12Oct13), claiming his Tv work was not allowing him enough time to prepare for the film, which has been adapted from the raunchy best-selling book by E.L. James.

The movie's producers are now searching for a new male lead and Somerhalder is the fans' choice, according to a new survey by

Almost a third of the Fifty Shades fans polled voted for Somerhalder, with Superman: Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill coming in second and Drive actor Ryan Gosling in third.