Irish screen hunk Jamie Dornan, 31, could be about to replace Charlie Hunnam in the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Reports suggest that the hunky young Irish leading man is now at the top of the group of contenders to step into Hunnam's shoes after the "Sons of Anarchy" star dropped out of production, citing creative differences, last week.
'He had a really good read today,' an insider reportedly told E! News.
The studio is thought to be more focused on getting the part filled than whether or not the actor cast has screen chemistry with Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele in the flick.
Other big names that have been bandied about concerning the part include popular favorite Matt Bomer, Luke Bracey and James Franco.
But Dornan is reportedly the current frontrunner to play Christian Grey in the film version of EL James's best-selling erotic novel.
According to E! News, the 31-year-old had a very successful test read with the casting directors.
'He had a really good read today,' an insider told the press.
Dakota Johnson, the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, is not a consideration sources say.
'The studio isn't worried about Dakota,' an insider claimed told the Daily News. 'They think she could handle whoever the guy is.'
Scott Eastwood, 27, son of legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood, is also reportedly being considered for the role.
'He is one of five actors being considered,' a source close to the actor told the press.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is expected to be released in the United States on July 1 next year.
British visual artist and film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct. Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca (producers of the Oscar-winning "The Social Network") will produce.
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