It’s been over a week since Charlie Hunnam dropped out of 50 Shades of Grey, citing scheduling conflicts that he eventually admitted were family problems. Not that it mattered, since the studio threw him under the bus anyway.
Since then, a bunch of other people’s names have been in the running to be cast one week before filming is supposed to start. Including Clint Eastwood’s hot piece son who started rumours about himself.
Frontrunner Jamie Dornan, 31, who had a “really good read” Friday, eventually landed the role. According to reports, Jamie did NOT read with co-star Dakota Johnson because “The studio isn’t worried about Dakota. They think she could handle whoever the guy is.”
Jamie has been confirmed as the lead according to Variety.
Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan has been tapped to replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in the Universal and Focus adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Dornan plays Sheriff Graham Humbert in ABC series “Once Upon a Time”; he’s also played a serial killer in BBC Two crime drama “The Fall,” and he appeared in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.” The 31-year-old thesp performs in an Irish folk duo and has modeled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani. His modeling experience may be useful, as the part will require him to act in explicitly sexual scenes.
Dakota Johnson will co-star as Anastasia Steele, with Sam Taylor-Johnson on board to direct.
Universal and Focus Features declined to comment.
The project was hit with a huge curveball when Hunnam departed after being attached for just a month. Universal said Hunnam’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 part may have played a part in his decision.
When Hunnam exited, U and Focus execs decided to go for more of a discovery and brought in Dornan and Billy Magnussen to test with Johnson last Friday. There was a thought to bring in more actors to test, but as of Wednesday morning sources said no one else had been brought in.
Universal will now work quickly to land thesps for the remaining supporting roles that include Steele’s roommate Kate, a role U for which had already been testing actresses prior to Hunnam’s exit.
Michael De Luca is on to produce the adaptation of E.L. James’ sexy bestseller, which is set to bow Aug. 1, 2014.
Dornan is repped by UTA and United Agents.
EDIT: A reported for The Hollywood Reporter says everyone passed on this mess.
Sources telling THR that Juno Temple passed on the part of Kate, Anastasia's best friend, and Frank Grillo passed on bodyguard Taylor.
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