Jamie Dornan, Christian Cooke, Alexander Skarsgard PHOTOS: Possible Fifty Shades of Grey Contenders for Christian Grey Role?

Fifty Shades of Grey is desperately seeking a male lead following the departure of Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam.

With filming set to begin on Nov. 1, the Universal Pictures adaptation of the wildly popular E.L. James novel is in limbo as execs try to choose another man to portray Christian Grey.

Three names that have entered into contention are Jamie Dornan, Christian Cooke, and Alexander Skarsgard, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At 31 years old, Northern Ireland native Dornan has taken on the roles of The Huntsman/Sheriff Graham in ABC's Once Upon a Time and the serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC drama The Fall. The latter production gave him a bit of experience with on-screen sexual exploits, according to E!.

"I spent a day strangling myself on the back of a door while I masturbated to a driving license of one of my victims...that's not an easy day at the office," Dornan told Digital Spy. "And they cut it out!"

Fellow Brit Cooke is also up for the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 26-year-old has stared in the UK's Where the Heart Is, the BBC's The Chase and Doctor Who, and Starz's Magic City.

The Swedish Skarsgard is well known for his work on True Blood and Generation Kill. At 37 years old, Skarsgard is the oldest of the possible faces of Christian Grey and his is currently working on The Giver.

Fifty Shades of Grey is currently slated for an Aug. 1 release.

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