Irish actor Jamie Dornan debunks ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ ouster rumor

Jamie Dornan appeared Thursday's edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to debunk rumors he was to be replaced in the role of Christian Grey by Ian Somerhalder.

Scene from Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades of Grey." (Screen shot from original Universal trailer via YouTube)

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2016 — Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan, 34, stumbled upon his unexpected fast path to movie stardom when he starred as a coldly depraved serial killer in the BBC Two/RTÉ One crime drama “The Fall,” whose second and third series are now available to Netflix streaming video subscribers.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in "Fifty Shades of Grey." (Screen shot from Universal Pictures official trailer)
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” (Screen shot from Universal Pictures official trailer via YouTube)

Pitted against “The Fall’s” flawed detective-heroine, portrayed by the well-known Gillian Anderson of “X-Files” fame, Dornan’s darkly complex portrayal of an elusive, sex-obsessed Belfast murderer caught the eye of filmmakers assembling the initial cast for the erotic “Fifty Shades” trilogy of films.

This eventually led to Dornan’s being cast in his breakout movie role as the wealthy but enigmatic entrepreneur Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the initial film in the trilogy, which is based on the popular novels of E. L. James.

Co-starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, that 2015 film was a box office hit, assuring that the entire trilogy of three films would be completed. “Fifty Shades Darker” is slated to be released in 2017, to be followed by the final installment, “Fifty Shades Freed,” in 2018.

Somewhere along the line, however, rumors have arisen that Dornan was to be replaced in the film series by “Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder who, with the endorsement of his many fans, had vigorously campaigned for the Christian Grey role in the original film.

In an attempt to put a halt to these rumors, Dornan made an appearance on the Thursday evening edition of the late night “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show, where he told the host in no uncertain terms that the Ian Somerhalder rumor was false.

International Business Times writer Rebecka Schumann has further details.

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