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Ian Somerhalder shoots down 50 Shades Of Grey rumours

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Jul 18, 2012 | 7:15am EDT

The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder has dismissed rumors he's in line for the lead role in the movie adaptation of erotic novel 50 Shades Of Grey alongside Nina Dobrev.

The pair, who play love interests on the hit supernatural drama, are a couple in real life, and industry reports suggest they are in the running to play kinky lovers Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey in the big screen take on E. L. James' phenomenally successful book.

However, Somerhalder has shot down the rumours, insisting bosses at Universal - the movie studio behind the movie - are sure to steer clear of a TV couple.

He tells U.S. show Extra, "I can't imagine Universal doing that, but that could be very interesting. I think if we were both in Fifty Shades Of Grey, people would still see us as (our Vampire Diaries characters) Elena and Damon."

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