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.
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Jamie Dornan Replaces Charlie Hunnam 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.

Sources:Variety

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  • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

    @skywise Of course.

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    • skywise • 2 years ago

      @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.

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      • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

        @skywise Ah. Ok. My mistake.

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        • skywise • 2 years ago

          @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.

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          • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

            @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.

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            • skywise • 2 years ago

              @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.

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              • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                who!! Maybe this is a good idea!!

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                • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

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

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                  • skywise • 2 years ago

                    @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.

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                    • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                      @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.

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                      • OhhmeohhMy • 2 years ago

                        @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.

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                        • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                          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.

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                          • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

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

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                            • Brizzy • 2 years ago

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

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                              • skywise • 2 years ago

                                @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.

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                                • justatadmatt • 2 years ago

                                  @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.

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                                  • shuabert • 2 years ago

                                    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.

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                                    • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

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

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                                      • OhhmeohhMy • 2 years ago

                                        @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.

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                                        • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                          @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.

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