Fifty Shades of Grey has found its Christian Grey — again. Twelve days after Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the feature film adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling S&M novel, Irish actor and model Jamie Dornan has landed the highly coveted role, Variety first reported late Wednesday.
A rep for Universal Pictures said they cannot comment on or confirm the casting news.
Audiences likely best know Dornan from his recurring role as the Huntsman on ABC’s fairy tale series Once Upon a Time. He also starred opposite Gillian Anderson in the BBC2 series The Fall (currently available in the U.S. on Netflix). Dornan’s work as a model for Calvin Klein and Banana Republic led BuzzFeed to declare that he should play Christian Grey just a week ago.
The casting decision was coming down to the wire — Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and costar Dakota Johnson (Fox’s Ben and Kate) were reportedly due to start production in a matter of weeks on the film. It’s been slated to open on Aug. 1, 2014.
So he’s got that part down pretty well.