Jamie Dornan is officially the new Christian Grey for the movie version of E.L. James’ best-selling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote. The “Once Upon A Time” actor auditioned for the role on Friday and officially got the role on Wednesday.
Negotiations are now underway apparently. Hunnam was reportedly offered $250,000, which was also said to be one of the reasons he decided to walk away from the film.
Speculation as to who would play the beloved character climbed high after “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam dropped out, leaving producers to sift through actors just days before filming for the flick was scheduled to start. If Dornan is lucky, he won’t face half the backlash that Hunnam experienced. The FX star said he left the project due to scheduling conflicts but it was widely rumored he got cold feet.
According to producer Michael De Luca, the project is still on target to start filming Nov. 1 for an Aug. 1, 2014, release date. The producer previously said that Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the erotic thriller, had a hand at helping to choose who would play the coveted role -- a fact that not all “Fifty Shades” fans were thrilled about considering the 23-year-old also faced a strong backlash. Either way, meet the new Christian Grey! With the news just breaking Wednesday, Dornan has yet to publicly comment on his new role, and unlike last time, when author James made a big show out of it, she hasn’t even mentioned the fact that Dornan was onboard.
Other than “Once Upon A Time,” the Irish actor is also known for appearing in “Marie Antoinette” with Kirsten Dunst and, most recently, in “The Fall,” a psychological thriller about the lives of two hunters.