Prepare to be upset all over again, Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer fans:
According to Variety, Jamie Dornan has been confirmed as the new lead in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Northern Irish actor – best known Stateside for having portrayed Sheriff Graham on ABC’s Once Upon a Time – became an immediate favorite for the role of Christian Grey soon after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the production a few weeks after landing the part.
Various reasons have been given for Hunnam’s surprising departure – from his meager salary to his fear of the spotlight – but the actor recently attributed his decision to “some family stuff going on.”
Jamie Dornan played a serial killer on a BBC Two production titled “The Fall” and also appeared in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.”
He’s also a former rugby player who is expecting his first child with wife Amelia Warner.
The 31-year old will star in the big screen adaption of E.L. James’ wildly popular novel opposite Dakota Johnson, who remains on board as Anastasia Steele. Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie.
Dornan is clearly comfortable with taking his shirt off, having modeled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani. What do you think, ladies? Can you get behind this casting?
Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters on August 1, 2014. Is Dornan a solid choice?