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Jamie Dornan in new 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie photo: A Christian Grey gaze

Jamie Dornan has the steely gaze of Christian Grey turned onto you this week, as the official “Fifty Shades of Greymovie Facebook page released the official first look of the dominant CEO via a new photo. Although the image only showcases Christian Grey with a steamy stare while sitting in a car and wearing a leather jacket, it’s been enough to elicit a firestorm of attention this morning. US Magazine reports this Thursday, June 19, 2014, that this photo is likely only the first of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” cast coming as fans make their way closer and closer to the eventual February 2015 film release date.

Jamie Dornan smokes in new 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie photo
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There have been some previously captured photos of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie filming set, but today EL James and the film team have taken to Facebook to release the first official glimpse of the leading man. The new photo certainly hasn’t reached any steamy territory yet, but just like Grey himself, it seems we fans will be given some enticing tastes little by little to whet our appetite.

While Charlie Hunnam was first tapped by casting directors to star as Christian Grey, the actor was forced to withdraw from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. Only shortly afterwards, Jamie Dornan was found, and as evidenced in this first look of our male lead, he has the commanding gaze and dashing good looks for the coveted role. Some critics have casted doubt on the hit raunchy novel by EL James and its transition to the silver screen, but everything looks to be on the right track.

It is Softpedia News that adds this morning we are still some time away from the Red Room of Pain, but as Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) no doubt already knows, Jamie Dornan knows how to make his women come alive. Comments to the recently released photo on Facebook have been very positive on the whole, and Christian Grey is said to look “smoldering … steamy … [and] sexy” by some viewers so far. While some may have expressed lingering concerns that Jamie Dornan doesn’t “feel” like Christian Grey to them, hopefully this most recent image of the star's zealous gaze will put any of those fears to rest.

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie is slated for an early February 2015 release, but with a trailer and surely more photos on the way, those behind the hotly anticipated film have a lot to keep us occupied until then. What do you think of the first look at our Christian Grey? Do you think that Dornan will have great on-screen chemistry with Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele? Here’s to hoping that the film (which is said to focus a little bit less on the sex and a lot more on the love story) will live up to all of our fellow readers’ expectations next year.

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