“Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to the erotic romantic film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is currently shooting in Vancouver, Canada and has been making headlines as more actors are being included in its cast list.
In the upcoming film, which is based on the internationally bestselling E.L. James erotic romance novel of the same name, Dakota Johnson reprises her role as recent college graduate Anastasia Steele while Jamie Dornan returns to play tormented young billionaire/S&M-enthusiast Christian Grey.
According to Just Jared and other media outlets, Johnson was spotted on Monday, March 14, filming scenes for the sequel on the streets of Vancouver. Brant Daugherty, who was cast as Anastasia’s bodyguard Sawyer, was also spotted on the film’s set.
While Daugherty is joining the cast for “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third film in the franchise, it is not known whether or not he also appears in “Fifty Shades Darker.” The recent sighting could mean that the production was shooting the third film and not the second. According to the Daily Mail, veteran director James Foley, who has taken over the franchise from “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson, is scheduled to film “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” back-to-back.
In “Fifty Shades Darker,” Grey’s ex-lovers will play crucial roles in the story. It has already been confirmed that one of these ex-lovers, the older seductress Elena Lincoln, will be played by Kim Basinger. Another ex, the mentally unstable Leila Williams, will be portrayed by “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” actress Bella Heathcote.
Also joining the “Fifty Shades Darker” cast are “Hitch” actress Robinne Lee, who will play an executive at Grey Enterprises named Ross Bailey, and “The Last Ship” cast member Fay Masterson, who is set to join the film as Gail Jones. “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Hoechlin is reportedly entering the franchise as Boyce Fox, Anastasia’s colleague, while Eric Johnson of “The Knick” is said to be in negotiations to play the film’s antagonist, Jack Hyde.
Apart from the new faces joining the franchise, there is one more exciting element of the film that fans will surely be looking out for. According to Inquisitr, there is currently a lot of speculation around the report that the film’s producers are offering Dornan a huge amount of money to do a full frontal in the film. This has not been confirmed, however, and fans will just have to wait a bit more to find out if Dornan will indeed bare all in “Fifty Shades Darker.”
“Fifty Shades Darker” is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 10, 2017. “Fifty Shades Freed” comes out Feb. 9, 2018.