Fifty Shades Darker adds Eric Johnson as Christian Grey’s rival
Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. Superman and Lex Luthor. Pee-wee Herman and Francis Buxton. There are a lot of notable rivalries in film, and the Fifty Shades of Grey series is getting ready to bring its own to life.
Variety reports that Eric Johnson (The Knick, Smallville) has been cast as the aptly-named Jack Hyde in Fifty Shades Darker. In the film, Hyde is the new boss and would-be suitor of Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, much to the dismay of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. Perhaps they will figure out a way to work out their frustrations.
An erotically charged romance, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has capitalized on it’s naughty-but-not-too-naughty aesthetic to the tune of more than $570 million worldwide. On-set conflict between author E L James and the first film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, however, led to Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opting not return for the sequel. James Foley will instead direct Fifty Shades Darker, which will be penned by E L James’ husband, Niall Leonard.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in both Fifty Shades Darker and the third film, Fifty Shades Freed. Kim Basinger will play Elena Lincoln, who introduced Grey to the world of BDSM, and Arielle Kebbel will play Gia Matteo. Expanding upon the events set in motion in Fifty Shades of Grey, the films will again aim to become the motion-picture events for Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the series, also return to produce.