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Fifty Shades of Updates: Jamie Dornan Is Your (New) Christian Grey

Jamie Dornan/Photo © CC/RTPPT/Flickr

That didn't take long. After Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the much-buzzed-about movie adaptation of E.L. James' wildly bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey, the search was immediately on for the new Christian Grey, to star opposite our Anastasia Steele, Dakota Johnson. It is now being reported that Irish actor Jamie Dornan is in negotiations to take on the sexy lead role.

Dornan is most familiar to American audiences as Sheriff Graham and The Huntsman in ABC's "Once Upon a Time," and has also appeared on "The Fall," the U.K.-based series starring Gillian Anderson. In 2006 he appeared as Count Axel Fersen in Sophia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." The thirty-one-year-old, six-foot-tall actor may not have had his big moment in the sun thus far -- but if negotiations come to fruition, that will all change. Hopefully, he's up for the fame. We expect so, as he's been dabbling with the spotlight for a decade; in addition to his acting roles has held gigs as a Calvin Klein model -- and Keira Knightley's beau.

The Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed adaptation of the erotic trilogy is scheduled for an August 1, 2014, release, and filming should begin this November, so we'll expect more casting news to reach us regularly -- as we mustn't forget that Christian and Anastasia aren't the only shoes to fill. Jennifer Ehle has been cast as Carla, Anastasia's mother, but we still have the roles of Ana's roommate, Kate, and Christian's bodyguard, among others.

In the meantime, what does this all mean for Johnson? Screen tests galore -- and with some of the names that have been floated around for the part of Christian, we can't imagine she's complaining.

Photo: Jamie Dornan/Photo © CC/RTPPT/Flickr

  • Alex

    PLEASE change Dakota Johnson for someone else! ANYONE!

    • Sham Gallerae

      Alexis Bledel, PLEASE.

      • Denyse

        Please let me know when you will replace Dakota...she is so not Anastasia. Jamie and Luke terrific. Loved Charlie sorry he opted out but hopefully good replacement. Not sure how he will pull off the sex scenes because Charlie would have had no problem. But seriously Dakota got to gooooooooooo.

    • betty

      they need to get a familiar actor like robert pattinson,channing tatum or patrick dempsey to play the main guy in this

    • http://kathy kathy

      The guy that :

      does the commerical for nestea ice tea would be an awesome Christian grey

  • Mary

    I don't think he will make a good Christian Grey. However I am willing to give him a chance. I think he should have been cast as Christian's brother Elliott. That's only my opinion.

    • Beth

      I, too, believe he'd have been better as Elliot!

    • http://facebook.com/jina.vynguyen Vy

      Sure,i agree with you! i think Ian Somerhalder is better :) for Christian Grey

  • vanessa

    Boooooooo i thought grey was supposed to be blonde!!! Not how i picturedhim this ruined my fantasy. Someone call ryan gosling

    • kaydee

      Christian Grey is not blonde. He is brown and auburn.

    • Sriwanti

      read the book again! CG is not blonde!!!

    • Beth

      brown/auburn/copper

  • MC

    Christian Grey is supposed to look clean and sexy. in my imagination, he is clean, always smells fresh, hot and very very sexy. he has to have beautiful eyes. he has to be sexy but not dirty looking. this guy you're choosing is the opposite of all that's in my imagination. not good at all.

    • Sriwanti

      dont worry about cleanliness of this guy, i'm sure FSOG team will fix that part to suit the role.

    • http://facebook.com/jina.vynguyen Vy

      He's looking like Charming :)

  • Angela Hedgepeth

    I think Jamie Dornan is a much better fit! I am 56 but still the same inside as I was back in the 70's and 80's so I think those of us in that age range need to have our opinions count. I buy and read books too and want to be able to see the movie and put myself in Dakota's place too!

  • ts

    I wish peope would realize that there is no Christian that will ever fit to what we see him as in our imagination. I think Jamie is a great choice. So dye his hair .... no big deal

    • cynthia

      i agrre with ts

  • C

    ok now change Dakota, please!!!

  • SANA SOHAIL

    WHEN THE RITE PERSON (MATT BOMER) IS AVALIBLE DEN WHY ON EARTH R U GUYS CHOOSING DA WRONG PERSON...................AGHHHHHH

  • Kirsty

    I think he's great. Much better fit than Charlie.

  • Pam Lewis

    I would vote for him. He has enough "Bad Boy" going on...and he is not established as anything else that would preclude/exclude him. Good Choice:)

  • LORA CLARK

    Grey is an Auburn haired dude, your right about the guy they are casting he should play Elliott, but if they color his hair copper he'll fit the part, as for the girl, YES PLEASE CAST SOMEONE ELSE

  • Lora

    For me Charlie Hunnam was absolutely perfect for this role... nice face, cold gray eyelook and disheveled hair..

  • Sara

    <3 Nice choice

  • Denyse

    Please let me know when you will replace Dakota...she is so not Anastasia. Jamie and Luke terrific. Loved Charlie sorry he opted out but hopefully good replacement. Not sure how he will pull off the sex scenes because Charlie would have had no problem. But seriously Dakota got to gooooooooooo.

  • http://www.yourpleasure.com Ellen

    Muuuuch better! The last guy did not fit the bill. This guy looks like enough of a bad boy to fill the shoes of Christian Grey.

  • cynthia

    I don’t think he will make a good Christian Grey,
    that bad choice ... had to be Matt Bomer is Christian Grey

  • Becky Rief

    Jax is better

  • peegaa

    In my opinion: Alexis Bledel as Ana and Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer as Christian!

  • Barb shine

    I think Alexis Bledel is the perfect Anastasia Steele/Grey

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