Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan has been cast in the much speculated-upon role of depraved billionaire Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

English actor Charle Hunnam recently dropped out of the role, citing schedule clashes with other productions.

Jamie, 31, is best known as the serial killer in hit BBC2 crime thriller The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson.

He also currently stars in US TV series Once Upon a Time, while he played a Swedish count in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.

According to The Guardian, he has also modelled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani.

Fifty Shades of Grey producers apparently made the decision to cast the County Down-born actor after screen testing him with Dakota Johnson, who remains in the lead female role of Anastasia Steele. Fifty Shade is expected to be the first of a trilogy based on British author EL James‘s three bestselling novels and will be released in August 2014.

Jamie’s casting has yet to be officially announced by Universal.