“Fifty Shades of Grey” actress Dakota Johnson said that she is very excited to work with newly-chosen director James Foley, who will work on the sequel of the movie, “Fifty Shades Darker.” The actress considers Foley as a talented film maker who will do justice filling in ex-director Sam Taylor-Johnson's shoes.
“It’s quite exciting. There was a moment of being afraid, because I didn’t know what it was going to be like. I had an experience with Sam [Taylor-Johnson] and then that all went away,” Johnson told Empire in a recent interview.
“Now I’m excited. I think James is a talented filmmaker. How often do you get to reconvene with the same people and have a different spin?” she added.
Johnson also revealed that she has met Foley, but refused to divulge any details about his approach for the sequel. “You’ll just have to see when the movie comes out,” said the actress.
Johnson recently attended the Venice Film Festival to promote her films, “Black Mass” and “A Bigger Splash.” The actress came to limelight when she was chosen to portray the role of Anastasia Steele in the erotic, bondage-themed film, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The film was based on the novel by author E.L James and was directed by Taylor-Johnson.
After the film hit the box-office, director Taylor-Johnson quit the project and declined to work on its two sequels, citing ideological differences with author James. The future of the film's sequel was in jeopardy because the release date was announced and it still did not have any director.
However, the Universal Pictures pushed the release date to 2017 and have now chosen the television series “House of Cards'” director Foley to fill Taylor-Johnson's position.
“Fifty Shades Darker” will be written by James' husband Niall Leonard, and there is speculation in the media that the author will now have a bigger role in its making. The third and the last sequel of the film, “Fifty Shades Freed” is pushed for a 2018 release.