Date: 24th October 2013
After a steamy screen-test with Dakota Johnson, Irish actor Jamie Dornan has landed the part of Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey', TheWrap has learned.
Dornan was among a handful of young heartthrobs to read for the role late last week, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.
His main competition appears to have been up-and-coming Australian actor Luke Bracey, who stars in Max Landis’ directorial debut 'Me Him Her'.
Dornan is in negotiations to replace Charlie Hunnam, who dropped out of the hotly-anticipated project last week, citing a lack of preparation time due to his TV schedule for 'Sons of Anarchy'.
The FX series wrapped production on Oct. 21, while 'Fifty Shades' doesn’t head into production until Nov. 1, though it’s unclear whether Christian Grey will be needed on set at the beginning of the shoot.
With Jennifer Ehle cast as Anastasia Steele’s mother, it’s possible those mother-daughter scenes could be filmed first.
In the week since Hunnam’s departure, multiple individuals close to 'Fifty Shades' told TheWrap that Hunnam was never really gung-ho about the project and that his manager, Cynthia Pett, ushered him into the risky role, which had less upside for an established star. Not only does Hunnam lead a hit cable series but 'Pacific Rim' grossed $407 million worldwide.
Source: Press Release