Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here is our new Christian Grey! After Charlie Hunnam got cold feet and dropped out of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie, Irish model Jamie Dornan has swooped in and taken over the role.
The 31-year-old has officially signed on for the steamy role. If you recognize Jamie, it’s because he plays Sheriff Graham Humbert in ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time.’ He has also modeled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani.
Dakota Johnson will co-star 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 departed after being attached for just a month. Universal said Hunnam’s exit 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 role may have played a part in his decision.
When Hunnam exited, U and Focus execs decided to go for more of a discovery and brought in Dornan and Billy Magnussen to test with Johnson last Friday. Though the studio considered bringing in more actors to test, as of Wednesday morning sources said no one else had been brought in.
Universal will now work quickly to land thesps for the remaining supporting roles that include Steele’s roommate Kate, a role for which U had already been testing actresses prior to Hunnam’s exit.
Michael De Luca is on to produce the adaptation of E.L. James’ sexy bestseller, which is set to bow Aug. 1, 2014.
What do you think of the new Christian Grey? You think he’s a good pick? Even though I thought Charlie was a good pick – I actually think this guy is way hotter, and more along the lines of what I pictured Christian to look like. I think he’s a good pick. I haven’t seen Dakota in anything, really, so I’m not sure how I feel about her as Anastasia. We’ll see. Hopefully she’s not as dull as Kristen Stewart was in ALL the ‘Twilight’ movies (which I can’t help but compare these books to).