The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation may have found its Christian Grey – again.
When “Sons of Anarchy” actor Charlie Hunnam recently left the project, the production began a new search for an actor to portray the billionaire. Variety is now reporting that actor Jamie Dornan has been chosen for the part. The Hollywood Reporter says that movie staff are negotiating with the actor, while Entertainment Weekly says that Dornan is in “final talks” to take on the role.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features, the studios behind the movie adaptation, aren’t commenting yet. “Grey” author E.L. James, who has discussed previous casting and movie decisions on Twitter, has also been quiet so far.
Dornan may be most recognizable to audiences from his role on the ABC show “Once Upon a Time” where he played Sheriff Graham, a law enforcer in the town of Storybrooke, Me., who turns out to be the Huntsman of the Snow White legend in his fairy tale incarnation.
He also starred in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film “Marie Antoinette” as Count Axel Fersen, a love interest for the queen in the film.
If Dornan joins the cast, he will star alongside “Ben and Kate” actress Dakota Johnson and “Zero Dark Thirty” actress Jennifer Ehle, who is portraying Anastasia’s mother.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” will presumably still be released in August 2014 if it’s found a new male lead.