Charlie Hunnam dropped out as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, and with production slated to begin November 1, the Sons of Anarchy star left directors and producers scrambling to find an appropriate replacement. They finally sealed the deal with Once Upon A Time star Jamie Dornan!
A source dished of the Irish hunk, "Everyone trusts that he'll make an excellent Christian and will do the role justice. He's all in. His contract is set—this has the potential to make him a huge star."
Dornan beat out Billy Magnussen for the part of the S&M loving, somewhat troubled Grey in the trilogy, based off of E.L. James' notoriously raunchy titles. Now get to know your new Christian Grey!
You've probably seen him before.
Dornan, 31, stars on Once Upon A Time as Sheriff Graham Humbert and played a serial killer on the BBC series The Fall, so he can do dark! His first starring movie role was in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.
And you've probably seen him in his underwear already.
You probably recognize Jamie Dornan most from posing in his skivvies. (Hey-o!) He's appeared in ads for Dior, Aquacutum, Armani and Calvin Klein with celebs like Eva Mendes and Kate Moss, and his in-the-buff modeling experience will probably help him with his nude scenes. But his good looks aren't the (only) reason he nabbed the role. An insider revealed, "Jamie has a really good reputation as someone easy to work with, easy going and is seen as someone who will very appreciative of this role. It's his charm and personality that is winning people over."
Dakota Johnson helped pick him for the part.
Insiders said Johnson, who's starring as Anastasia Steele in the series, aided in their choice by "helping look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of captures our attention." Uh, look at Jamie Dornan. He could have chemistry with a litter box.
He's got an A-list ex under his belt.
Dornan dated Keira Knightley for over a year after meeting on a photo shoot. They split in 2005 but reportedly remain pals.
Sorry ladies, he's married!
Dornan tied the knot in April 2013 with stunning singer Amelia Warner, and they're expecting their first baby soon. Good thing he's getting that franchise cash for his kid's college fund!
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