Jamie Dornan, Once Upon a Time, Returning Stars


It's officially official!

Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The good news was announced Thursday afternoon by none other than E.L. James via Twitter.

"Stow your twitchy palms ladies… our man is here. Welcome to #TeamFifty @JamieDornan1 x"

OK, deep breaths people.

The 31-year-old Northern Irish actor was rumored to have been the frontrunner to replace Charlie Hunnam after he auditioned on Friday, Oct. 18.

"He had a really good read," a source exclusively told E! News, noting that the studio wasn't "worried" about Dornan's chemistry with costar Dakota Johnson.

Jamie Dornan, GQ

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"They think she could handle whoever the guy is."

News first broke that Hunnam had dropped out of the coveted role in early October, giving Dornan only days to prepare for the make-or-break audition.

Novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis gave his seal of approval on Thursday, Oct. 24, telling his Twitter followers, "I think that Jamie Dornan is the perfect choice to play Christian Grey in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Smartest casting decision in a long time."

And it looks like Dornan's already got quite a roster of celebrity supporters.

Actress Kate Mara was the first to congratulate the hunk on Twitter. "Congrats to the sweetest person/scariest actor I know, @JamieDornan1 !!!!" the 30-year-old actress wrote. 

"#50ShadesOfGrey just got real. So fu$!in psyched. #blameIreland."

Jamie Dornan

Calvin Klein

Lena Dunham has also been campaigning for Dornan on Twitter ever since his name was thrown into the casting ring. On Oct. 23, the star and creator of Girls couldn't contain her excitement.

"I'm a monstrous @JamieDornan1 fan. Wasn't allowed to be attracted to him on The Fall bc he played a sexmurderer. 50 Shades is my big chance," she tweeted. "Wait, Christian Grey isn't a murderer right?"

And it's just a matter of weeks before Dornan and Johnson hit the steamy set.

Reports claim that filming for the erotic flick will begin on Nov. 5 in Vancouver.

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