Operation: Replace Charlie Hunnam is moving full steam ahead, as The Hollywood Reporter writes that the filmmakers behind "Fifty Shades of Grey" have already conducted screen tests to fill their vacant male lead slot.
THR reports that actors Billy Magnussen (pictured) and Jamie Dornan both completed screen tests last Friday for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, reading the part of Christian Grey across from Dakota Johnson, a.k.a. Anastasia Steele.
Dornan, a 31-year-old British actor who stars in UK TV series "The Fall," was previously rumored to be on the shortlist to replace Hunnam after the original Christian abruptly departed the picture earlier this month. American Magnussen, 28, is a Tony-nominated actor for his role in the play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," and is set to appear as Rapunzel's prince in the upcoming adaptation of "Into the Woods." He's already slated to shoot an HBO pilot for a series called "The Money" in coming weeks, though THR says that the production is willing to accommodate his schedule so he could do both.
Either smoldering star seems like a fitting choice to play S&M-obsessed billionaire Grey, but producers better make up their minds soon. Production on the adaptation of E.L. James's steamy novel is expected to start November 1, and filmmakers don't have any current plans to change that date.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is (fingers crossed) still slated for release on August 1, 2014.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]