With shooting still scheduled to begin in Vancouver, B.C. in just a couple of weeks, Fifty Shades of Grey is still looking for their Christian Grey/Charlie Hunnam replacement. As crazy as that sounds, things may be looking up, because it sounds like producers are getting close to sealing the deal with one of their top contenders!
Jamie Dornan, whose name has been floated to play Christian Grey for quite some time -- even back before Charlie Hunnam was cast! -- "had a really good read" on Friday, a source tells E! News exclusively. Ooooh, exciiiiting!
While his prospects may be looking preeettty good, what's less clear is whether the chemistry between Jamie and Dakota sparked well enough to bring him on-board?
The source claimed that the studio isn't as concerned about the chemistry between their new leading man and their existing leading lady. They just want to get Christian cast. The source explained, "The studio isn't worried about Dakota. They think she could handle whoever the guy is."
Guess that's a testament to how much they trust Dakota as an actress, but still ... it's a bit concerning if they're not prioritizing any sort of magnetism between their leads. Especially when producer Dana Brunetti said the initial casting was taking so long, because they wanted to ensure the chemistry was on-point. Now, it almost seems like they're going too far in the opposite direction. Like, "Meh, whatever, let's just cast a pretty boy, and get on with it!"
That said, I would definitely feel better knowing the role was offered to a pro like Jamie Dornan than to some random hottie model. After all, Jamie doesn't seem like he's just any generic pretty boy actor. He actually has some impressive credentials, like Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and the BBC drama series The Fall. So maybe his healthy dose of talent -- and obvious good looks -- are all the film/Dakota need to make it work? We shall see!
How do you feel about Jamie Dornan getting closer to sealing the deal? Do you think he'll have hot chemistry with Dakota?
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