New Fifty Shades of Grey lead actor named

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Popular Culture et al
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Jamie Dornan has signed up to one of the most prolific film projects of recent years – but despite seeing his stock skyrocket following news that he will star as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movies, he has insisted that he is not scared of what he’s taken on.

The actor, who once dated Keira Knightley, (which reveals they both have good taste, I guess), is now happily married – and says that he is glad the massive media gaze is hitting him now he is “settled”.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he confirmed that he tested for the role before it was given to Charlie Hunnam, who dropped out last month.

Jamie Dornan will play Christian Grey (WENN)

“I certainly don’t fear it,” he said. “I already got a glimpse into working with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] at the test, and I’d met [co-star] Dakota [Johnson] by then. So I had a glimpse into how I felt it would be if I got the part. None of it scared me.”

And on Hunnam’s departure, he admitted: “You know, one door closes, another opens. When he dropped out, I didn’t instantly think, ‘Oh here we go, maybe I should cancel that holiday,’ but I did feel that maybe we’d revisit the idea of me.”

Jamie with Dakota Johnson (Entertainment Weekly)

The attention on the thesp has rocketed up over recent weeks. “It’s happening, but not in an unmanageable way at the moment,” he explained. “I’ve been around it before and it’s ugly, but I’m glad I’m 31 and not 21, and married. I feel very settled. I’m not running in and out of clubs at 5 a.m. anymore.”

The Fifty Shades Of Grey movie has this week had its release pushed back to Valentine’s Day, 2015, after initially being pencilled in for release in August next year.

Production is expected to kick off in early December.

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