Jamie Dornan is rumored to be the front runner for the coveted role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey now that Charlie Hunnam dropped out.

Jamie Dornan is rumored to be the front runner for the coveted role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey now that Charlie Hunnam dropped out.

Dornan, 31, is an Irish actor who some may recognize as the hot sheriff (the Huntsman) from the first season of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

He also reportedly dated Keira Knightley for two years, and if you’re one of Lena Dunham’s million followers, then you might be know Dornan as the hot psycho killer from The Fall, a British crime drama staring Gillian Anderson (The X Files) Dunham tweeted about recently.

Dornan is also a former model and is expecting a baby with his wife Amelia Warner.

Dornan is reportedly being considered for the role, but will have to compete with the likes of Alexander Skarsgaard and Garrett Hedlund for the chance to star opposite Dakota Johnson, who is currently still attached to play Anastasia Steele. Fans are waiting anxiously for a casting announcement, as the film was scheduled to begin filming Nov. 5.

The cast isn’t the only thing getting a makeover before production. Oscar-nominee Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal) has reportedly been brought in to polish up the script and strengthen the characters, though the decision to bring Marber on board was made before Hunnam announced he was leaving the project.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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