“Fifty Shades Darker” has yet to start filming, but that hasn’t stopped dedicated “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans from tracking down the sequel’s filming locations.
YVRShoots reported that “Darker” will film at 110 E. Cordova St. in Vancouver Feb. 16-24 and Feb. 29. One keen-eyed superfan on Twitter noted that the filming location is close to where a scene that did not made it into 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” was filmed showing Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) walking into Seattle Independent Publishing. As readers of the E.L. James erotica series know, Ana begins working at a publishing company in the second book, “Fifty Shades Darker.”
YVRShoots also reported that “Darker” will return to 120 Powell St. to film scenes at Ana’s apartment in early March.
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While it appears a majority of the filming of “Darker” will take place in Vancouver, the cast will be spending a few days overseas for the project. Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed the movie will have scenes shot in Paris “within the first six months” of the year. Fans confused about the filming locations should note that “Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third movie in the trilogy, have been planned to be shot back-to-back. In the “Freed” book, Ana and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) visit Paris during their European honeymoon. Both films will be directed by James Foley.
While Johnson has yet to begin filming “Darker,” she recently revealed she is thrilled to be working alongside its newest cast member, actress Kim Basinger. Last month, James announced Basinger would be playing Christian’s former lover, Elena Lincoln/Mrs. Robinson, in the sequels.
“She’s been one of my favorite actresses my whole life. I’m thrilled. I’m nervous,” Johnson told E News at the New York premiere of “How to Be Single” Tuesday. “I’ve never met her, so even just to meet her, but to work alongside her, is incredible. We’re so happy.”
“Fifty Shades Darker” is scheduled to premiere in U.S. theaters Feb. 10, 2017. “Fifty Shades Freed” is set to premiere in U.S. theaters Feb. 9, 2018.