From “Sons of Anarchy” to “Once Upon a Time,” he producers of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” adaptation have gone to the prime time well again for their Christian Grey.
Following the abrupt departure of “Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam, the long list of potential replacement kinky billionaires has been slimmed down to one: Jamie Dornan.
According to Variety, the Irish actor will line up alongside Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) in the highly anticipated adaptation of the best-selling book.
Dornan, 31, is best known to American audiences from his role as Sheriff Graham Humbert in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and for an appearance as Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film “Marie Antoinette.” He’s also modeled for Calvin Klein, Armani and Christian Dior and was once part of the folk duo Sons of Jim. Universal, the studio behind “Shades,” did not comment on the Variety report.
The film is due out on August 1, 2014. After a long search for the right actor to play Grey, things hit a snag earlier this month when Hunnam dropped out just a month after signing on to play the title role. Universal said at the time that the departure was due to scheduling conflicts with Hunnam’s gig on “Sons of Anarchy” and the movie “Crimson Peak.”
Variety also reported that despite the long list of potential Grey replacements, , Dornan and Billy Magnussen (“As The World Turns”) were the only two who tested with Johnson last Friday.