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Is this the Christian Grey YOU envisioned?

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When you watch the sizzling trailer for the highly-anticipated 50 Shades of Grey, it definitely reels you in.

It starts out mysterious and seductive, and Beyoncé's new version of Crazy in Love takes it to another level, as only Bey can.

But then there's that moment in which Christian Grey's face is slowly revealed. 

At that moment, my guess is that producers expected a collective gasp from fans awaiting to see the story's billionaire ​anti-​hero step out of the shadows.

I don't think they were expecting the​ record scratch in my head ​as I stopped to wonder: "Did they just decide to dress up an overgrown pizza delivery boy in a suit and call him Mr. Grey?"​

See, when casting for the film version of E.L. James best-selling erotic novel was first revealed, there were high expectations.

British actor Charlie Hunnam was eventually hired to play the role. His commanding presence and rugged charm made him a solid choice . . . ​until he had to drop out a month before shooting citing​ scheduling conflicts with his hit show Sons of Anarchy.

Enter his replacement: Jamie Dornan (cue the popcorn-throwing at the screen and a few jeers). Jamie-Dornan.jpg

If you know Dornan at all, it's likely from his role as a serial killer on the BBC Two crime series The Fall ​.

If you know him REALLY well, it might be as a Calvin Klein underwear model.​ He's a good actor and err model​ - don't get me wrong ​ - but that doesn't make him the kind of leading man needed to carry this film.

A lot of fans on social media agree, calling it poor casting, saying they expected someone hotter and sexier, and that Matt Bomer (Magic Mike, HBO's The Normal Heart) or even ​Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Water for Elephants) should have played the part.

I'm not a huge fan of 50 Shades but as one of the tens of millions who have read it, the Christian Grey I had in mind was a little more charismatic, brooding, and well ... sexy.

Dornan seems mediocre. A little too plain.

Even when I heard he was taking over, I was still willing to give him a chance.

But if this sneak peak at Dornan's first scenes are any indication of the rest of the film, I'm guessing Dakota Johnson, who plays his naive love interest Anastasia Steele, will be the one to shine. 

Her character was intentionally written as an average person. For that reason, the real-life daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson is decently cast, playing the insecure college student who experiences a major sexual awakening.

Dornan's character, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but average. Yet I fear that's what we got.

Although at this point, is there really any actor who could 'please' everyone?

By the way, Hunnam DID say he was ok if his audition tape for 50 Shades ends up as an extra feature on the DVD version....all in favour, say 'aye'?

50 Shades of Grey the movie won't be released until Valentine's Day 2015

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