Jamie Dornan rumored for '50 Shades' - but who is he?
October 16th, 2013
05:47 PM ET

Jamie Dornan rumored for '50 Shades' - but who is he?

The man who could become the next Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey" has a name few would expect.

While everyone's suggesting Matt Bomer and Ryan Gosling as replacements for the part actor Charlie Hunnam just vacated, reports suggest that actor/model Jamie Dornan is starting to look like the front-runner.

The Hollywood Reporter's heard that Dornan, 31, was one of two actors who almost landed the part of Christian Grey during the first casting go-round, but ended up losing to the more recognizable Hunnam, who stars on FX's popular "Sons of Anarchy."

But in the U.K., the Irish-born actor isn't such an unknown. Dornan got his start as a model - notably posing in skivvies for Calvin Klein - before he turned to acting. The star, who carried on a closely watched relationship with Keira Knightley for two years, currently portrays a serial killer in the BBC series "The Fall."

In the States, fans of ABC's "Once Upon A Time" will also remember Dornan as the Huntsman/Sheriff Graham.

Before you start picturing how Dornan handles a pair of handcuffs, know that the actor doesn't have the "Shades of Grey" gig locked down. THR reports that another Brit TV star, Christian Cooke, is being considered, as well as "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgard. (Oliver Stone, meanwhile, is championing Leonardo DiCaprio for the job.)

What is evident is that studio Universal will have to act fast. Hunnam's recent exit left the project with little wiggle room to re-cast the role of the wealthy sadomasochist, as production is supposed to start on the anticipated adaptation on November 1.

Filed under: Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • movies

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  1. Arose

    YES!!! I adore Jamie 🙂 Yes hes not a familiar face but the movies/shows he has been in are amazing, And whoever said he isnt attractive are crazy!!

    October 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melissa

    I hope it is Doran he is fine and I could see him suiting the role fabulously!

    October 17, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. mandie

    MAJOR STEP DOWN from Charlie Hunnam 🙁 i would not get into the movie if this guy was acting as CG

    October 17, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • sue

      amazes me how this is the focus of people while there are Christians being persecuted for their faith, as Pastor Saeed Abedin and how the IRS< NSA and yes, Benghazi are never mentioned on CNN but hey, who's going to be in a movie, now that is newsworthy? really folks??

      October 17, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • @SUE

      Does stupidity run in your family? This is an entertainment blog. You want politics, go to a political blog. Maybe you just don't read very well. Do you see the big "CNN Entertainment" at the top? I'll bet that means that this is for entertainment. Some people amaze me on how truly stupid they can be.

      October 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. qwerty

    They just need to go ahead and make the X-rated version. That's what we really want to see.

    October 17, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lawanda Beasley

    No! Yes Mr. Grey is young, but he is still a man. I don't want to see some blue eyed baby face try to act this roll. If Jared From CW Supernatural wasn't so busy with Sam Winchester I'd vote for him!

    October 17, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • SinDee

      Um it says this man is 31.. in the books Christian Grey is suppose to be in his 20's.. I think this man's age is appropriate?

      October 17, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eddie Bryant

    I feel bad for Charlie Hunnam. The guy is a charismatic and talented actor – and by accounts a good guy – and I know he would've owned the role. All these people claiming he didn't "look the part" of CG must have never heard of a razor or hair dye in their lives. Believe it or not, Charlie will be a tough act to replace and part of me hopes these diehard fans pay the price.

    October 17, 2013 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy

    Ian would work or Alexander, but definitely not Matt B.; hey if you're going to use a model, how about David Gandy..he is mature and is gorgeous and would make a great Christian...

    October 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Lon

      I totally agree with you. Alexander Skarsgard or Ian would make a great Christian Grey

      October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sasha Fierce

      I have said this 1 million it is not in the Queen's nature too be that way-she is a retired player BUT when called for it just comes out so easily.

      October 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Retired Player

      We go way out–only if necessary.

      October 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rchandonnais

    old lady checking in here...definitely should be RYAN GOSLING! has the lips and the eyes...

    October 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KC

    I keep picturing Timothy Olyphant from Justified; jeans or slacks would hang beautifully off those hips

    October 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • K10

      Hmm, never thought about that one.
      He is a hottie for sure, but he's missing those blue eyes. I guess they could always do color contacts?

      October 17, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. S

    He is not good looking enough. CG is supposed to be so gorgeous you lose your train of thought.

    October 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny


      That is all.

      October 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Who what

    Ian or don't even make the movie. For sure do not want to see a gay male in the lead role. Actually may not even matter. I am so over the hype of this trilogy, the movie (s) needed to come out 6-8 months ago. I just have notinterest any more and if anything I will re-read the books for free.

    October 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. d

    Oh Hell NO, this guy looks like a damn kid, he is scrawny and on the short side. Cute, but NO CG who is supposed to be impossing and gorgeous. And I have seen his pics, the undie ones were from some time ago, and he still looks like a kid without the facial hair, even more so. No the role needs to go to a MAN. I will be opting out, was going to with Charlie anyways. Oh he is British, shocker. They have wanted to keep this an all British party from the beginning. Too bad.

    October 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shirley watts

    ok people listen up!!! best guy for the job is Michael Vogel!!!! check him out hes perfect.

    October 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |

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