It’s official, the shoes of the S&M loving billionaire Christian Grey have been filled by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan! The casting for the film adaptation of the best-selling adult erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was all set with Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, the dominating billionaire tortured by his own demons, and Dakota Johnson as the submissive literature student Anastasia Steel, when all of a sudden Charlie Hunnam decided to drop out of film due to “scheduling conflicts.” The search for the new Mr. Grey was on! Fans filled forums, and petitions, with their suggestions for who should bring their fantasies to life on the big screen; throwing out names like Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder and Alexander Skarsgaad, as well as a few lesser known actors, including Christian Cooke and Billy Magnussen. There was even a recent report in The Hollywood Reporter that Billy Magnussen and Dornan both read opposite Dakota Johnson in a screen test, in which Dornan came out on top (pun intended)!
Fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time may remember Dornan as Sheriff Graham Humbert in season one of the hit show. His other acting credits include playing a serial killer in the BBC Two crime drama The Fall, and he also made an appearance in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The 31 year-old, 6’ tall sexy actor with dark, scruffy hair, and bedroom eyes was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was once a model for Calvin Klein! He is also the face of the Dior Homme perfume campaign, and apparently performs in an Irish folk duo. His modeling experience may come in handy when he is required to tap into a much more sexually explicit world and at least we know that he is comfortable taking his clothes off! Dakota Johnson is still set to play Anastasia Steele, and Universal and Focus Features is rapidly on the hunt to fill the supporting roles, including Steele’s roommate Kate.
No word yet on whether or not the fans are on board with this casting decision, but if the way they reacted after Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast, then he better brace himself for quite a lashing!