After weeks of speculation, Variety reported on Wednesday that Jamie Dornan will play Christian Grey in the much-talked-about adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

Dornan was reportedly on a short list with actors Christian Cooke and Alexander Skarsgard, after actor Charlie Hunnam quit as the film's leading man/S&M enthusiast. As of now, the film is set to be released in August 2014—so mark your calendars. And before we distract you with more details about the drama behind the "50 Shades" casting, let's ogle at photos of our new leading man:

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