Get ready to meet Leila Williams! “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans know Leila as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s stalker from the second book in the erotica series, “Fifty Shades Darker.” It was announced in February that Australian actress Bella Heathcote landed the coveted role, and the 28-year-old starlet took over the film’s Instagram page Friday to share a first look at her character.
“The Fifty Shades Darker” movie Instagram account confirmed Friday morning that Heathcote would be sharing photos from the Vancouver, Canada, set throughout the afternoon. The actress posted her first image -- a photo of her trailer door -- about an hour ago.
Shortly after the photo of the outside of the trailer, Heathcote took viewers inside to reveal her transformation into Leila. She simply captioned the photo, “Leila’s full look.”
It’s a big change for the actress, who normally rocks short blonde hair. However, a little over a month ago she unveiled her new darker look on Instagram. “Goodbye Bella, hello Leila,” she teased her fans at the time.
In E.L. James’ books, Leila is one of Christian Grey’s exes. Like Anastasia, Leila was involved in a submissive relationship with him. After the death of her lover, Leila goes a little crazy and begins stalking Christian and Anastasia. In “Fifty Shades Darker” she even goes as far as vandalizing Anastasia's car. When Christian finds out that Leila has a gun, he makes Anastasia stay with him. However, Anastasia is not one to play by Christian’s rules. She eventually returns to her home, and when she does she finds Leila waiting for her with the loaded weapon. Christian is able to calm Leila down, and get her the help she needs to get better.
“Fifty Shades Darker” is currently filming in Vancouver. The movie will be released in theaters on Feb. 10, 2017.