It’s official- Jamie Dornan is the new Christian Grey. The Irish model and Once Upon a Time Star star swooped in to save the production after Charlie Hunnam dropped out.
Universal said Charlie’s exit was due to scheduling issues with Sons of Anarchy and upcoming movie Crimson Peak, but some sources said battles over a rewrite and the actor’s doubts about the role may have played a part in his decision.
When Charlie exited, Universal and Focus execs decided to go for more of a discovery and brought in Jamie and Billy Magnussen to test with Dakota Johnson last Friday. Though the studio considered bringing in more actors to test, as of Wednesday morning sources said no one else had been brought in.
Universal was under pressure to begin production Nov. 1 on the high-profile project in order to meet an Aug. 1, 2014, release date. If Jamie”s deal closes, he will be signed for three and possibly four Fifty Shades movies based on the erotic book, assuming the first film is successful.
Universal and Focus had approached Juno Temple to play Anastasia Steele’s best friend and Frank Grillo to play Grey’s bodyguard. Both actors passed on the roles, according to sources.
What do you think of the new Christian Grey? Do you think he is a good pick?