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Dornan lands Fifty Shades lead

Jamie Dornan has replaced Charlie Hunnam as the lead character in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The 31-year-old actor from Northern Ireland has been tapped to replace Charlie Hunnam as the leading man in Fifty Shades of Grey.

According to Variety, Jamie secured the part after he and Billy Magnussen auditioned for it last week.

The flick is an adaptation of E.L. James’ eponymous erotic novel and Charlie dropped out of the project last week.

Fifty Shades of Grey will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and actress Dakota Johnson plays female lead Anastasia Steele.

Jamie currently portrays Sheriff Graham Humbert on ABC’s fairy tale TV show Once Upon a Time.

Charlie, 33, shocked film fans when he pulled out of the project on October 12 after only confirming his job in September.

The Sons of Anarchy star recently explained he has been focusing on his family following the death of his father in May.

"I am doing good. I am just really concentrating on work. It's been a really busy time," Charlie told E! Online.

"I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive."

It is rumoured Charlie actually stepped down because he feared taking on the part would catapult him into extreme fame.

It appears his former co-star Dakota is similarly overwhelmed even though the film has even begun shooting yet.

"Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press. When she first got the role, it was way too much for her," a source told E! News, adding that Dakota went from being virtually unknown to someone "everyone wants a piece of".

"It's been tough," the insider shared.

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released in 2015.

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