Fans Are Buzzing Over Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey

Movie TalkOctober 24, 2013
Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan

He looks good shirtless. Check.

He's got some acting chops. Check.

As one fan sounded off on Twitter when he heard the news that "Once Upon a Time" actor Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey, "He is all kinds of yummy! Plus that accent!"

The 31-year-old Irish actor-model inspired mostly positive reaction on social media when the announcement came through on Wednesday night that he will replace Charlie Hunnam as the leading man in the upcoming film adaptation of E. L. James's popular novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Virtual squeals — and some sighs — were heard around the world.

A smattering of detractors had been rooting for other Christian candidates.

Yahoo Movies's own Facebook post on the news elicited nearly 2,500 likes in two hours, if that's any indication of resounding approval of Dornan's casting. "Way better than the first choice," wrote Ann Willard-Lamere, throwing a little sand at Hunnam — who quit just a few weeks after accepting the much-discussed role.

Joe Mee offered a moment of levity over the casting craze with, "Why didn't they choose Gilbert Gottfried?"

But Dornan is a far cry from the squinty comedian, having toured with a band, modeled for Calvin Klein (with both Eva Mendes and Kate Moss!) and is most well known as Sheriff Graham Humbert (the Huntsman) on ABC's "Once Upon a Time."

It remains to be seen whether the buzzy role as the accomplished businessman with a penchant for sexual role-play will do wonders for Dornan's career. Fan Ashley Renz expressed her worry on Facebook: "I love him! WHY WOULD YOU RUIN YOUR CAREER OVER THIS."

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