Published Thursday, 17 October 2013
Jamie Dornan, pictured with The Magazine's Sarah Travers during a visit to UTV. (© Presseye)
Hunnam was all signed up to play billionaire Christian Grey, but has since pulled out of the project over his television commitments and filming schedule.
Now Dornan, who recently thrilled in dark crime drama The Fall as serial killer Paul Spector, could be set to take on the role.
The 31-year-old, who previously dated actress Keira Knightley, is named among the prospective Mr Greys alongside a number of other stars.
Also said to be in the running are the likes of Ryan Gosling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer.
Dubbed "mummy porn", Fifty Shades by author EL James went on to become the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring 23-year-old Dakota Johnson as innocent college graduate Anastasia, is due out in August next year.
Dornan and his singer-songwriter wife Amelia Warner, who he married in April, are currently expecting their first child.
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