Irish actor Jamie Dornan has been tapped to replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in the Universal and Focus adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Dakota Johnson co-stars as Anastasia Steele with Sam Taylor-Johnson on board to direct. Universal and Focus Features declined to comment.
The project was hit with a huge curveball when Hunnam suddenly departed the project after being attached for just a month. Universal said Hunnam’s departure was due to scheduling issues with “Sons of Anarchy” and upcoming movie “Crimson Peak,” but some sources said battles over a rewrite and the actor’s doubts about the part may have had to do with his exit.
Dornan played Sheriff Graham Humbert in ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” as a serial killer in BBC Two crime drama “The Fall” and was in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.” The 31-year old thesp performs in an Irish folk duo and has modeled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani. His modeling experience may be useful, as the part will require him to act in explicitly sexual scenes.
Michael De Luca is on to produce the adaptation of E.L. James’ sexy bestseller, which is set to bow Aug. 1, 2014.
tbh, I've never even read the books. I just liked the eyecandy that is Jamie lol