It didn't take Universal and Focus Features long to find their new Christian Grey. Following Charlie Hunnam's departure, they've already found a new star for Fifty Shades of Grey. Variety is reporting that an Irish actor named Jamie Dornan will take on the role.
Dornan may be the perfect fit for Grey. He's a former model who's appeared in ad campaigns for Christian Dior, Armani and Calvin Klein. He definitely has no problem showing a little skin on camera. Stateside, Dornan's best known for his role as Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman on ABC's Once Upon a Time. Fifty Shades of Grey will be a vast departure from that G-rated series.
As expected, Dakota Johnson is still on board to play Anastasia Steele. She's the young, naive woman who enters a BDSM relationship with the wealthy Grey. Dornan as well as upcoming Into the Woods star Billy Magnussen tested with Johnson last week. After getting burned by Hunnam, the studio decided to try out younger, lesser known actors.
Apparently, Dornan came out on top and snagged the part. Neither Universal nor Focus have released an official statement regarding his casting. But it looks like the movie's back on track. The film will still be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is expected to hit theaters Aug. 1.
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