The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie has found its Christian Grey in Jamie Dornan, who is probably best known for playing the huntsman/Sheriff Graham on the ABC series "Once Upon a Time." He also played a serial killer on the BBC series "The Fall."
According to an Oct. 23 report by The Wrap, Jamie is a good pick to replace Charlie Hunnam because he's not a well-known star. "Being a relative unknown may end up helping the public accept the actor in the role of the kinky billionaire, who millions of readers imaged differently," the film site writes. "The imagination is a powerful thing, and an audience with no pre-conceived notions of the actor playing Grey could tailor their own fantasizes to Dornan’s relatively mysterious cinematic identity."
However, there is a group of fans who do have "pre-conceived notions of the actor playing Grey." "Once Upon a Time" viewers got to know Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham and the huntsman. "OUAT" isn't a very steamy show, but there are a few ways that starring on it could have helped to prepare Jamie for playing Christian Grey in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.
For one thing, he played a character that lived a double life. In the land of the Enchanted Forest, he was the huntsman character from the Snow White fairytale. But in modern-day Storybrooke, he was Sheriff Graham, a character who had no memory of his fairytale past. After playing a police officer, at least Jamie should know how to use a pair of handcuffs.
Sheriff Graham was also involved in a love-less relationship with a brunette, so he has that in common with Christian Grey. However, his sex partner was the controlling one who turned him into a sex slave—Regina, a.k.a. the Evil Queen, was in possession of the huntsman's heart (she actually had it inside a vault). This made it a little difficult for him to feel love. However, one woman changed all of that—he actually felt something when he kissed Emma Swan. So you can see a few little similarities between Jamie's "OUAT" character and that of Christian Grey. And perhaps Regina was a little Mrs. Robinson-ish.
Unfortunately, Graham's feelings for Emma ended up getting him killed, so "Once Upon a Time" fans might be happy to see even more of Jamie Dornan in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie (they'll be glad to know that Christian gets a happy ending). So are you excited about the casting decision?