Jamie Dornan cast as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey

Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan has been officially cast as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of author E.L James’ erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey. He replaces Charlie Hunnamwho left the project earlier this month amid rumors of creative differences regarding the script and reticence to continue after backlash from fans of the novel. Author E.L James revealed the casting news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. She tweeted: “Stow your twitchy palms ladies… our man is here. Welcome to #TeamFifty @JamieDornan1 x.” Actress Dakota Johnson remains attached to the film, which goes into production in the next few weeks in Vancouver. Dornan is best known as Sheriff Graham from the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time and serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC thriller The Fall. He also starred as Swedish count Alex Von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s Marie AntoinetteHe emerged as a favorite for Grey after auditioning on October 18th. The adaptation is set for release on August 1, 2014. ~Raj-Kabir Birk

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  1. Kags • October 25, 2013 @ 4:44 PM

    Hes not attractive enough at all for the part. They keep casting people that just dont fit the part, how hard is it to find a gorgeous actor to play christian grey?

  2. KitKat • October 31, 2013 @ 11:53 AM

    I don’t think any actor could live up to the vision women have of this character – visions that probably vary widely depending on the woman.

    If I were an actor, I wouldn’t touch this role with a 10-foot pole. Fans of the book are going to have certain expectations, and will be highly critical of the movie … just look at the backlash against Charlie Hunnum (who would have been fine in the role). The more you scream and yell and complain, the further Holywood’s best looking men with retreat from this role.

    Beside, the book was terrible. Of all the erotica out there (far better written), I can’t believe this was the book that took off.

  3. Jeannieb • October 31, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

    I agree with KitKat…on all comments. No one man will fit the bill for every woman watching the film. In addition, I don’t think these kinds of roles are completely about perfect esthetics, especially if the Director has an artistic vision for erotica. There is so much more to sex appeal being able to ooze off the screen then pretty boy looks. In fact most pretty boys or pretty girls don’t cut it. Even more, in my opinion, will be determined by the chemistry between the two actors and if that chemistry jumps from the screen. If that happens, wow!

  4. Jeannieb • October 31, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

    On another note, wasn’t there some talk about Charlie submitting script ideas and being rejected. Maybe he was right???

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