Jamie Dornan Could Be These Literary Hunks,Too

by Jennifer Still

Jamie Dornan has become an international heartthrob over the past year or so, ever since he was announced as the leading man in the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey movies, Christian Grey. Of course, his career in the business started years before, first as a model and then smaller roles in movies ( Marie Antoinette , say what!) and TV shows (RIP Graham). Now pretty much everyone in the world knows his name, and while the Fifty Shades trilogy might not scream high art, it is a book that has had astounding success, so we've got to give credit where it's due. But here's the thing — if Dornan can play a book hottie like Christian Grey, why not set our sights higher and cast him in some as some more esteemed literary gentlemen?

That's not to say there's anything wrong with Fifty Shades — in fact, it's Dornan's turn as Christian that got me fantasizing about what other men of the page, so to speak, he could personify should a mini-series/movie come about. There are plenty to choose from, but Dornan is a complicated guy and not every role would be right for him. I've got a few ideas about the ones that would, however. Don't worry — I've got it all figured out!

Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

Atticus Finch is strong, smart, and is intent on seeking justice — now that's sexy. Scout and Jem's lawyer father was a strong defender of what's right, and is such a well-defined character that he was named one of the 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900 by Book Magazine. Dornan is totally debonair and thoughtful enough to bring power to this role.

Benvolio, Romeo & Juliet

While I don't really think Dornan is Romeo material (which is not an insult, by the way), I do think he'd be absolutely brilliant as Benvolio, Romeo's cousin who attempts to make peace between the Montagues and Capulets. He's not very successful in that endeavor, but he gives it the old college try, and Dornan could totally nail that earnestness.

John Proctor, The Crucible

I first read The Crucible back in high school, but the character of John Proctor always stuck with me. He was a farmer and tavern keeper who was wrongly accused of witchcraft and subsequently hanged for his alleged crimes,

Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables

Anne's rivalry with Gilbert was one of the best part of the Anne of Green Gables series, and sometimes rivalry can turn out to be love. Sure, this role skews a bit young, but with a nice shave and a few hours in the makeup chair, I think this can work for Dornan (or maybe that's just wishful thinking).

Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre

A man with a sense of responsibility who's left to care for his nutso wife locked in the attic as well as a bratty kid that isn't even his? I swoon! Dornan could totally pull off the classy charm that Mr. Rochester has and bring him into the modern age in the hottest way possible. I think I want him to take on this role most of all!

Pip, Great Expectations

Pip had a great desire to better himself, and ambition to prove he was more than his humble (and that's being kind) upbringing. His journey is inspiring, heartwarming, occasionally maddening and just brilliant, and taking on the protagonist's role would give Dornan some serious screen time and the ability to dig into one of literature's most beloved characters.

Laurie, Little Women

I remember my love for Christian Bale in the role of Laurie in the 1994 Little Women movie, and I could never really understand why Jo didn't go for him, really. But I guess you can't force love. Still, Laurie is hot, and so is Jamie Dornan, so I think this is a natural fit if they ever decide to make another adaptation (and they totally should, because it's one of my favorite books EVER).

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