The County Down native and former Calvin Klein model, aged 31, will take on the role and negotiations on his contract are in the final stages.
Dornan’s father is a professor and the actor himself stars in an Irish folk group. He is also very active in a children’s charity
Dakota Johnson (24) will star as Anastasia Steele, and the film is reportedly still set for an Aug. 1, 2014 release, despite the casting shakeup.
Dornan currently stars in the British TV series “The Fall” and once dated Keira Knightley.
He is said to have screen tested very well with co-star Dakota Johnson.