A big congrats goes out to Jamie Dornan! The Irish actor has reportedly beaten out a number of Hollywood hunks to star as the lead in “Fifty Shades Of Grey”. His casting comes weeks after “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the project earlier this month.
The 31-year-old actor and former model is slated to star alongside Dakota Johnson as kinky billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller. American viewers might know Dornan best for his role of Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film “Marie Antoinette” and his work later on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” playing the dual role of Sheriff Graham and The Huntsman. He currently stars on the BBC/Netflix thriller, “The Fall,” with “X Files” star Gillian Anderson.
Back in October 2011, MTV News spoke to Dornan during the first season of “Once,” where he opened up about his philosophies on love, dating and picking up women. “I’ve been on really bad dates,” he confessed, also sharing that he doesn’t have a go-to pick-up line that he uses.
“I run away. I promise you. I’m very nervous in that world. Do guys actually use [pick-up lines]?” he said. “Isn’t that just in movies?”
Well, Dornan will be using some interesting lines in his new role.
Dornan, who previously dated Keira Knightley, has since married British actress/musician Amelia Warner, and they are currently expecting their first baby.
Production for the Sam Taylor-Wood directed film is slated to begin next month. The movie is due out on August 1, 2014.