The movie adaptation of EL James's blockbuster erotic novel starts filming next month

Charlie Hunnam, who dropped out of the Fifty Shades Of Grey film adaptation has said that his replacement, Jamie Dornan, will be “great” in the movie.

Speaking about Dornan to TMZ, he said: “I’m sure he’ll do a great job. I don’t really know his work, but I know Sam [Taylor-Wood], the director, is amazing, and she has fantastic taste, so I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”

The big screen adaptation of EL James‘s blockbuster erotic novel was originally set to open in cinemas worldwide on August 1, 2014 but will now arrive the following Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2015). Filming on the Universal Pictures movie was delayed following the sudden exit of Charlie Hunnam and last-minute casting of Jamie Dornan. Director Sam Taylor Wood will now start shooting on December 2 of this year – around a month later than originally planned.

Sons Of Anarchy star Hunnam was originally hired to play sexually adventurous businessman Christian Grey but dropped out in October citing his “immersive TV schedule”. Northern Irish actor Dornan – best known for his roles in US fantasy series Once Upon A Time and BBC Two’s hit serial killer drama The Fall – has since been drafted in to replace him.

Dakota Johnson will co-star as Anastasia Steele, the college graduate who enters into an intense sexual relationship with the older and dominant Grey. Pride And Prejudice actress Jennifer Ehle and True Blood‘s Luke Grimes will appear in supporting roles.

Shooting will take place in Vancouver, Canada and Taylor-Wood is directing from a script Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr Banks, Terra Firma) has adapted from EL James‘s book.