The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie is finally coming together. After filmmakers announced on Thursday that Irish actor Jamie Dornan would replace Charlie Hunnam, another star of the erotica-novel-turned-feature film has been selected.
Actor Luke Grimes, famous for playing the role of James in HBO’s supernatural TV series “True Blood,” has signed on to play the character of Elliot Grey, the "funny and affectionate" adopted brother of Christian Grey, according to a report from E! News. “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James reconfirmed the news on her official Twitter account on Friday, retweeting the message, “Get ready to be swept off your feet. Welcome Luke Grimes to #TeamFifty as Elliot Grey!”
While Grimes, a 29-year-old Ohio native has yet to become a household name, he already has a large fanbase after starring as “True Blood” character Jessica Hamby's (actress Deborah Ann Woll) love interest in the past two seasons of the series. The seasoned actor, who last won an award in 2008 for his supporting role in the film “War Eagle, Arkansas,” has also worked on the 2012 Liam Neeson blockbuster “Taken 2” and had a starring role in the now-defunct TV drama “Brothers & Sisters” portraying the character of Ryan Lafferty.
The casting news comes on the heels of the announcement that former “Once Upon a Time” TV star Dornan would be portraying the lead role of Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film. James, 50, announced the decision on Twitter less than one week after Hunnam quit the film due to his “immersive” filming schedule with the FX show “Sons of Anarchy.” “Stow your twitchy palms ladies ... our man is here," wrote James, adding, " Welcome to #TeamFifty @JamieDornan1."
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Dornan, 31, has yet to publicly respond to the casting news, but was most recently spotted enjoying a stroll with his pregnant wife, actress Amelia Wanrer, in London, England on Saturday.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is scheduled to begin filming on Nov. 1, 2013 in Vancouver and has a release date of Aug. 1, 2014. The first trailer for the film is expected to be released during the 2014 Superbowl in February.