Jamie Dornan Replaces Charlie Hunnam in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

The ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star suddenly departed from the project two weeks ago. Dakota Johnson will still play Anastasia Steele in the adaptation.

Jamie Dornan signs on to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan signs on to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
Less than two weeks since Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey, Universal Pictures has found his replacement in Jamie Dornan.

The actor, who stars in the Netflix drama series The Fall, was mentioned as a candidate for the coveted Christian Grey role, just two days after Charlie Hunnam's departure. He beat out other contenders such as Alexander Skarsgård, François Arnaud, Billy Magnussen and Scott Eastwood. Dakota Johnson is attached to play Anastasia Steele, with Jennifer Ehle playing Anastasia's mother.

Charlie Hunnam reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Sons of Anarchy and Crimson Peak, although other reports indicated the actor was unhappy with the latest script rewrite, and that he was unsure of whether or not he was right for the part.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing from an adapted screenplay by Kelly Marcel, which is being polished by Patrick Marber. We reported last month that production is scheduled to begin in Vancouver this November, although it is still unclear if the production schedule is being shifted due to the casting change. The story, based on E.L. James' popular novel, follows the torrid affair between young billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.

Fifty Shades of Grey was released February 13th, 2015 and stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini. The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Sources: Variety

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  1. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus The truth is that I probably wont be seeing this..its just not my cup of tea and you brought up very good points. In fact, I have no interest in this movie at all but I find it an interesting conversation topic.

    I don't want to seem combative but I respect your opinions and knowledge and always enjoy our little debates...when we have them.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Ah. Ok. My mistake.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus Don't get me wrong. I am not defending Shades originality in any way. I am only saying that James seems to have a better grasp of language than Meyer.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise I'll end with 2 things:

    1. in 2002, there was this movie called Secretary. If you read the description, I question just how original 50 Shades is or if it is one of those rare coincidences.

    2. The highest grossing NC-17 movie was showgirls and it was 20 million dollars. It may well break that limit, but I doubt it will be anything amazing, assuming it breaks 100 million domestically, even though it might not have that problem internationally.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus Well to be fair I only read a few chapters from Shades. But the only way I can see comparing the 2 series is that they are aimed at women. That's it.

    They couldn't be more different in tone and content.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    who!! Maybe this is a good idea!!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Funny, considering you enjoyed's James's version of Twilight than Meyer's actual twilight.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus I really do not think the studio would allow an NC-17 film to release to theaters although it wouldn't surprise me if they shoot it and then release an unrated version on Blu Ray. But I can not see it NOT getting an R rating. Like I said I never read the books but I know a LOT of people who are very passionate about them and I can respect that. I read a few chapters at work. One of my female soldiers brought it and I was just curious what the big deal was and from what I could tell the author is NOT a bad writer. In fact I liked her style (just not interested in the story).

    Twilight I also read while I was overseas (when I ran out of books and that was all that was left). That author is just terrible. But I have written enough about that to last a lifetime.

    I guess what I am saying is that I have much more respect for E. L. James than I ever could for Stephenie Meyer and would be disappointed if they did not go with an R rating.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise If they go NC-17, that budget better be independent if they expect to turn a profit. Same way with R ratings. Only way I can picture them getting away with hard core sex would be in the light of the Dragon Tattoo remake. But again, I'm not a woman over 40 so I don't know the extent of the books.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. OhhmeohhMy

    @bawnian-dexeus I agree with that it won't do no good with GOTG. So forgot about that movie released the same day as 50. So they better get another date. And I bet they will set another date lololol. But 50 will a bigger hit with another date.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  11. WongFu

    I can't read books with sex scenes, it makes me do things I don't want to do.
    The film may have the same effect.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  12. thedude-abides

    At best this is a lateral move. This movie is going to blow, and not in the sense described in the novel :P

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  13. Brizzy

    I really liked this guy on Once Upon A Time, actually.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  14. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus They HAVE to go with an R rating at the very least. Twilight this is not. This is an adult story through and through and while I have no interest in it what-so-ever, I will be interested to see if they go with an R or as @justatadmatt said NC-17. If they go anything less than an R they will be alienating their built in audience. Just like if Twi went with an R rating it would have alienated its young adult audience base. But, Hollywood will be what it will be and the possibility does exist that they could go PG-13. Because even though the producer wouldn't mind pushing the boundries...the studio is going to have the final say. I don't think the studio could give 2 craps about the target audience. Its about money.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  15. justatadmatt

    @bawnian-dexeus recently, an executive producer said that they aren't afraid to go NC-17 with this movie because of its immense popularity...in case you were curious. i don't know if they'll actually do it, but it's something they are considering. I haven't read the book either, but apparently it's just straight up smut.

    1 year agoby @justatadmattFlag

  16. Josh

    I know him from Once Upon a Time. He seems better than Hunnam for the role.

    I still don't care about this movie, but Jennifer Ehle is fantastic. At least it has some credibility. Might be better than the book.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @OhhmeohhMy I doubt it, but to each his own. Besides, going up against Guardians of the Galaxy is not wise.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. OhhmeohhMy

    @bawnian-dexeus I so agree. Never seen him before. But if I had to say this will boost his career. All the hype. The fall out with Charlie Hunan. The controversy with that. And he then you will have trailers and pictures and posters. And all the waiting and anticipation. This will be a HIT. If I must say I'm a dude and reading the book. Lolol. They book is very interesting and some things different and orginal about stuff in this book. Lololol.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise It will either kill his unrecognizable career or boost it. And from what I heard, the book is heavy on the sex entering in porn territory, so making it an R is going to be the way to go. I can't imagine them doing pg-13, because this material is not something I'd finance to a young demographic.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  20. skywise

    It seems they have their heart set on obtaining a tv actor for the role. Or perhaps they are going for someone who is not so recognizable as a huge star which is probably the best way to go for a role like this.

    One thing is certain though; after this film premiers he will definitely be much more recognizable.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  21. OhhmeohhMy

    Interesting. I don't think I've seen him before in anything. Hope to see what he has to offer to the role haha.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  22. OhhmeohhMy

    Interesting. I don't think I've seen him before in anything. Hope to see what he has to offer to the role haha.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

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