Dornan tapped for lead in Fifty Shades of Grey

Jamie Dornan in Once Upon a Time

Jamie Dornan in Once Upon a Time

Fifty Shades of Grey has its male lead. Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey, the lead role that Charlie Hunnam withdrew from. Dornan will star alongside female lead Dakota Johnson, with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing. Shooting has begin in November, 2013. Hunnam’s departure, just weeks after being cast, left the project momentarily reeling. The big-screen adaption of E L James’ bestselling erotic novel has been carefully followed by its fans, who were critical of Hunnam’s casting. Many vented online that the Pacific Rim actor was ill suited to play the seductive billionaire. The 31-year-old Dornan, a former model from Northern Ireland, is relatively unknown. He’s starred in the British TV series The Fall and the ABC series Once Upon a Time. Unlike with Hunnam, social media reaction to Dornan’s casting was generally positive.

Coming on Valentine’s Day 2015

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