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Dornan takes Fifty Shades lead role

Fifty Shades Of Grey has its male lead - again.

Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey, the lead role that Charlie Hunnam withdrew from recently.

Dornan will star alongside female lead Dakota Johnson, with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing. Shooting is planned to begin in November, with a release in August next year.

Hunnam's departure left the project momentarily reeling. The big-screen adaption of EL James's best-selling erotic novel has been carefully followed by its fans, who were critical of Hunnam's casting.

The 31-year-old Dornan, a former model from Northern Ireland, is relatively unknown. He has starred in the British TV series The Fall and the ABC series Once Upon A Time.

Unlike with Hunnam, social media reaction to Dornan's casting was generally positive.

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