Jamie Dornan, the star of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, was recently nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award, that of Actor in a Lead Role, Television. He’s an Irish actor, obviously, and he plays a serial killer on TV show The Fall, a crime thriller about a serial killer. He plays the serial killer.
Once upon a time, when you talked about Jamie Dornan, you usually said something like “that guy who used to date Kiera Knightley.” Thankfully, those days have long passed. Jamie Dornan, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, dated the actress from 2003 until about 2005. At that time, he was working as a model, appearing in photo shoot campaigns alongside the likes of Kate Moss, and Eva Mendes.
Modeling as a career seemed to be working out pretty okay for Jamie Dornan, but it seems he had his eye on acting all along. His acting debut occurred in 2006 with his appearance in the Sophia Coppola film Marie Antoinette. Then, there was that embarrassing 2008 Myspace film release—the one called Beyond the Rave, which almost nobody watched. So it is not surprising that his acting career did not exactly skyrocket after those two roles.
If you’ve not already heard, the 50 Shades of Grey movie is in the works, and set for a February 2014 release date. Based upon the popular three series book set of the same name, women across the globe are anticipating the book’s come to life in the movie. It is seduction at its best, and to date one of the best-selling books ever. As we speak the actors are in Canada filing and working hard to provide a great movie.
The Christian Grey Film Star
Jamie Dornan is the star of this film, playing the role of billionaire Christian Grey, although it was originally planned for Charlie Hunnam to have the role. The change in stars came after Hunnam left the movie due to ‘time restraint.’ Hunnam is an actor most known for his work in the show Queer as Folk, but he has also starred in numerous other roles including Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim.
As the first selected star for the role of Grey, many fans wonder how Hunnam feels about Dornan taking the starring seat. He was recently asked these questions and many others when he sat down with Entertainment Weekly and when asked by TMZ.
The cultural phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey will be making its transition from the page to the screen with a production schedule expected to begin in 2014.
And while the book offers intense drama to pull its readers in, the movie is certain to generate even more fans.
Already, still months before production is slated to begin, the movie has generated its fair share of drama. Just in casting choices, and drop-outs, the movie has garnered media attention the world over.
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British author E.L. James (full name Erika Leonard James) is the writer of the original script — including its predecessor, Master of the Universe. To make sure the book is translated on screen in a way that fits her vision, James is on-tap as a producer and screenwriter for the screen version of her megahit first novel.