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There’s a huge difference between Charlie Hunnam, the star of the acclaimed Sons of Anarchy, and Jamie Dornan, who has appeared on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But the two will forever be linked, now that Dornan is replacing Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Last night, Variety reported that Dornan got the part, coming less than two weeks after the news that Hunnam dropped out. However, Universal and Focus Features, which hope to release the movie in August 2014, haven’t commented on the report. While Hunnam isn’t a huge star, he’s still much better known than Dornan, so here’s some things you should know about him.
Dornan is the fresh face producer Michael De Luca may have been talking when he spoke to The LA Times earlier this month. His acting work has been mostly for television. In addition to Once Upon A Time, he’s also appeared in the BBC show The Fall. However, he did make an appearance in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Access Hollywood notes that the NY Times did a profile on him in 2006, when Marie Antoinette came out and dubbed him the “Golden Torso.”
“I question why all of this has happened to me,” he told the Times at the time. “ don’t see myself as particularly good-looking.”
He’s an experienced model, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed. (Especially by the people at BuzzFeed.) He’s posed for Calvin Klein in his underwear, experience that will definitely come in handy for the kinky film.
Dornan, 31, is married to Amelia Warner. The Belfast Telegraph reported this summer that the two are expecting a child. He also previously dated Keira Knightley.
MTV News notes that he does have a Twitter profile. However, don’t expect any news on Fifty Shades there, as he hasn’t used it since Sept. 27. He only has 99,500 followers, but that will probably change the moment his casting is made official. He has posted several pictures and appears to be a fan of Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Aug. 1, 2014 and will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Dornan’s co-star is Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele.
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