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Saturday 27 December 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey casting: Can Jamie Dornan whip up a storm as kinky Christian Grey in spanking new film ?

The controversial film role could be his best move ever... or his worst. Una Brankin ponders his chances

Jamie Dornan has been cast in the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey
Jamie Dornan has been cast in the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey

The Fall actor Jamie Dornan is taking a sizeable risk playing kinky Christian Grey in the big screen version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

It could turn him into a global phenomenon – or forever link him with a turkey if it is a flop.

The role was initially tipped as A-list material, with established stars from Ryan Gosling to Robert Pattinson in the running.

Fans of the silly but mega-selling book weren't keen on the choice of former Misfits actor, chunky blond Charlie Hunnam, and I'd have to agree he doesn't have the edge and whiff of danger to play the sado-masochistic billionaire.

A slighter younger Christian Bale (Batman) would have been perfect, given his brilliant turn as the nasty yuppie in American Psycho. But Jamie Dornan?

Christian Grey is for all intents and purposes an over-privileged creep.

A tall suave gorgeous one, but a creep all the same.

In the book he's responsible for some of the most risible dialogue of all time – "I want to claim your a**," springs to mind.

Jamie Dornan (31) acquitted himself well enough playing the psycho killer in The Fall but at least he didn't have dodgy dialogue to contend with – in fact, he had hardly any at all.

All he really had to do was look intense and glower, which he did rather repetitively.

Grey is essentially a moody Mills & Boon cardboard cut-out leading man, albeit with a very naughty side.

He does a lot of brooding too, but I'd imagine the director, avant-garde artist Sam Taylor-Wood, will want to delve deeper into his dark psyche and bring out the past hurts, hinted at in the book, which have turned him into a control freak with a Red Room of Pain in his basement.

Perhaps she saw some vulnerability in Dornan's big beautiful eyes when he wasn't stalking or strangling in The Fall.

Jamie was actually contacted before Hunnam officially dropped out, and screen-tested on Friday opposite female lead Dakota Johnson, who's playing sore-bottomed student Anastasia Steele.

However, could it be a poison chalice that he has just been handed?

Hunnam, who also is a writer (he penned the gothic horror screenplay Vlad for Brad Pitt's film company), is said to have had issues with Hollywood's adaptation of the book.

Thankfully, the script is getting a polish by Patrick Marber, who did a great job on Notes on a Scandal, the critically acclaimed film of Zoe Heller's novel, with Cate Blanchett.

Jamie might be spared the worst of the rubbish clichéd dialogue from the book but he won't escape the huge spotlight and critical gaze he is about to be put under.

Despite all his super-modelling past, he seems uncomfortable in the spotlight. He looked ill-at-ease even in the soft focus of Sarah Travers's Magazine Show.

Now he has to get naked with whips and nipple-pinchers on the big screen in a controversial project that could make or break his fledgling career, and go out and promote it all around the world.

So let's hope it's a smash hit for him – and not fifty shades of s****.

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