(UPI) -- As rumored, Northern Irish hunk Jamie Dornan will lend his brooding gaze to the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation in the lead role of Christian Grey, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Wednesday.
The news comes weeks after Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the role over time constraints, though some media reports speculated that the 33-year-old actor didn't gel with the film's creative team and "got cold feet" about the intense media scrutiny.
Dornan, 31, has previously played Once Upon a Time's ridiculously good-looking, hipster-inspired Sheriff Graham. He currently stars in the U.K. series The Fall.
The Hollywood Reporter also said that Dornan did a screen test with Dakota Johnson in front of director Sam Taylor-Johnson, 50 Shades author E.L. James and the film's producers.
The film is slated for an August 2014 release date.
UPDATE: Here's how James, 50 Shades' social-media savvy author, responded to the news:
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!— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 24, 2013
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Hmm he's okay but I was still hoping for Matt Bomer tho— Jabe Daud (@jaaaaabe) October 24, 2013
JAMIE DORNAN IS SHERIFF GRAHAM FROM ONCE UPON A TIME YESSSS LORD OMG ROSA PARK SAT UPFRONT FOR THIS— jimmy neutron (@biebero2lbrien) October 24, 2013
Here's an example of the smoldering skills Dornan will bring to his work on 50 Shades: