NEW YORK – Fifty Shades of Grey has its male lead, again.
Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey, the lead role that Charlie Hunnam withdrew from recently. Dornan will star alongside female lead Dakota Johnson. Shooting is planned to begin in November, with a release in August next year.
The big-screen adaptation of E L James’ best-selling erotic novel has been carefully followed by its fans, who were critical of Hunnam’s casting.
The 31-year-old Dornan, a former model from Northern Ireland, is relatively unknown. He’s starred in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
Unlike with Hunnam, social media reaction to Dornan’s casting was generally positive.
– Associated Press