Rita Ora is returning for “Fifty Shades Darker”! Despite speculation that the 24-year-old British singer and actress would not reprise her role as Christian Grey’s sister, Mia, new reports confirm she will appear in all three parts of the erotic trilogy.
The news comes courtesy of the Sony Pictures emails published on WikiLeaks last week. A quick search of “Rita Ora” turns up an email between Ora’s rep and former Sony Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. The email states that the starlet will “appear in Universal’s upcoming ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ playing the role of ‘Mia Grey,’ and will appear in the next two installments of the movie.”
Rumors about casting shakeups have been rampant since the “Fifty Shades of Grey” premiered in theaters. Early reports indicated that lead Jamie Dornan, who portrays Christian Grey, would exit the series because his wife, Amelia Warner, was “too uncomfortable” with the BDSM sex scenes Dornan had to shoot with co-star Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele. A rep for Dornan shot down the rumors in late February, telling People magazine that the 32-year-old is “looking forward to making the next film.”
While it now looks like the entire cast is returning for the follow up movies, “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson is definitely out. Taylor-Johnson released a statement in March confirming the news.
“Directing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” she said. “I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cat, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.”
The new director for “Fifty Shades Darker” has not been announced.