Jamie Dornan could be the new Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam backed out of playing the character in the highly anticipated film adaptation of 50 Shades. Universal Pictures and Focus Features have their eyes set primarily on British TV star.
Fellow British actor Christian Cooke, 26, and Alexander Skarsgard, 37, of True Blood fame, are also in the running for the coveted erotic role.
Dornan, a former Calvin Klein model, dated Keira Knightley and currently stars in British series The Fall. The only problem is his wife Amelia Warner is pregnant, which could complicate matters.Aiming to start filming on Nov. 1, the studio is apparently reeling over Hunnam’s departure from the project, in which the actor had sought some creative control.
A source has told PEOPLE that Hunnam didn’t end up wanting the Robert Pattinson-esque fame that would accompany the role.
Despite the change-up, the studio reportedly stands by its Aug. 1, 2014 release date with Dakota Johnson, 24, in the role of Anastasia Steele.