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Robert Pattinson Fuels 'Fifty Shades' Rumor After Caught Partying With E. L. James

June 26, 2013 (6:05 am) GMT
The Edward Cullen of 'Twilight' is reportedly in the running for a coveted role of Christian Grey in Sam Taylor-Johnson's feature adaptation of the steamy novel.

Casting rumors surrounding "" continue to swirl. This time, is said to be the possible top candidate to portray kinky billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of the 2011 erotic bestseller after spotted partying with author E. L. James, who recently appointed Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct the movie.

As reported by E! Online, Pattinson threw a birthday party for director Nicholas Jarecki at his Los Feliz, Calif. home on Saturday night, June 22. Among the well-known guests invited to the bash was apparently James, and it refuels words that the Cedric Diggory depicter in "" could be offered the coveted role directly by the British author.

Previously, "" star was thought to be the frontrunner for the gig considering that this project would be handled by his wife, who directed him in "". A rep for the actor then quickly made a statement to deny it, saying to USA Today, "Aaron is not doing 'Fifty Shades of Grey'."

also slammed reports he would headline the movie, which follows the S&M relationship of Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. "While I was working on 'Lone Ranger', my agent brought it up, and I said 'Nope'. I mean, come on - it's just mommy porn," he said as quoted by Playboy mag.

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