It's OFFICIAL! Universal and Focus are in negotiations with the actor who will portray Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey on the big screen. And -- drum roll, please -- it is none other than ... Irish Once Upon a Time and Marie Antoinette star Jamie Dornan! Called it!
This all according not to the studios or E.L. James themselves, but Variety, which first reported the story tonight. Still, the Hollywood trade publication is a majorly reputable source, and most other major media outlets, such as The Hollywood Reporter and L.A. Times, are confirming the news. Sounds like as long as the deal-making talks go smoothly, we have our Christian Grey!!!
And I must say ... director Sam Taylor-Johnson, Dakota Johnson, and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti's final pick is not shabby at ALL!
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Of course when we thought Charlie Hunnam was going to play the mercurial billionaire, it was easy to get on board with that hotness. He's gorgeous, buff, reportedly had the necessary chemistry with Dakota -- the whole package, it seemed. Jamie, on the other hand, is definitely a different kind of attractive. Not only does he have darker features, but he also seems like he may be able to play darker. And if that is the case, it'll be really amazing, considering the character we're talking about here!
Jamie also beat out Billy Magnussen and Francois Arnaud who reportedly read for the part opposite Dakota on Friday. So, hopefully, we can only assume he had the hottest sparks with the actress. Of those three choices, he is by FAR the closest to what I pictured when I was reading the books. Given his looks and brooding potential, he's also closer to beloved contenders Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer than Charlie was, so maybe those fans will be pleased, too?
We shall see. But no matter what, there is no question fans can't help but feel anything but VERY strongly about this game-changing news!
In the meantime, here's a preview of what Jamie has to offer as Christian ... (You're welcome.)
So, do tell -- how do you feel about Jamie being cast as Christian?!
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