After a long, hard search, (ok, maybe it wasn’t that long, or that hard), the studio has finally found a replacement for Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey. The Sons of Anarchy star was set to play Christian Grey but dropped out a few weeks ago.
Since then, a whole host of names have popped up in relation to who would replace him in the film. Scott Eastwood, Theo James, Christian Cooke and more were all rumored for the part but it looks like the studio has made up their mind today.
Variety is reporting that Jamie Dornan, who had been mentioned with the names above, has been selected to take the lead in Universal’s film. Perhaps best known for his role on ABC’s Once Upon A Time or BBC’s The Fall, the 31-year-old actor will join Dakota Johnson in the Sam Taylor-Johnson directed movie, which will of course be his biggest credit yet.
Not having seen any of Dornan’s work, I can’t comment too much on what kind of Christian Grey he’ll make, but casting an unknown is definitely the right move here. It will be interesting to see whether the film boosts or sinks his career. I’m betting on the latter, but for Dornan’s sake hopefully I’m wrong.
Fifty Shades of Grey is currently set for an August 1st, 2014 release date.
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