By Shelley Marsden
Belfast actor Jamie Dornan, who recently proved he was more than a pretty face in The Fall, is in talks to play Christian Grey In the film adaptation of E. L. James’ erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The handsome Calvin Klein model-turned-actor, 31, is currently in negotiations with Universal and Focus features over the coveted part after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the project two weeks ago, which could involve three films.
Dornan was chillingly good as serial killer Paul Spector, stalking the streets of Belfast in BBC Two drama The Fall, but audiences in the US will be more familiar with him as The Huntsman on ABC’s fairy tale series After On a Time.
Hunnam, a Newcastle native, is said to have left the film due to family commitments, but it is also believed negative feedback from the book’s fans to his casting also played its part in his decision.
The Fifty Shades film will be directed by Samuel Taylor-Johnson, who received acclaim for Nowhere Boy about John Lennon’s early career.
Telling the story of the multi-million selling book charting the relationship between a female college student and a rich and arrogant businessman who entangles her in his world of S&M, it is believed filming will start within weeks, with an August 2014 release slated.