“Fifty Shades of Grey” fans were treated to a glimpse of the films’ stars on location in Vancouver, Canada Thursday. After weeks of a holiday hiatus and filming scenes for the highly anticipated feature adaptation indoors, actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson took to the streets to film sequences from the beloved 2011, E.L. James erotica book this week.
The acting twosome, who were last spotted filming a scene for the romance film on Dec. 19th, were photographed filming the memorable scene from the trilogy’s first book in which Dornan’s character, BDSM-loving billionaire businessman Christian Grey, gifts his lover, Ana Steele (Johnson), a red Audi A3, a vehicle which the actress’ character immediately deems “the submissive special” in the best-selling series. Photos and video footage of the shoot show Dornan, 31, covering Johnson’s eyes before the big reveal.
While the car gifting scene is getting the most attention from fans, another scene from the novel was also shot on location in Vancouver earlier in the day Thursday. Johnson, 24, was photographed smiling during an unidentified rain scene, seen sporting a white button down and casual jeans. The sequence reportedly also featured Christian Grey’s right-hand man and bodyguard Jason Taylor, played by actor Max Martini.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” began shooting in Vancouver, Canada in late November. The first scene from the flick, deemed by fans as the “coffee date” scene, was shot in the GasTown district. The pair was spotted the following week filming a tense scene (followed by their first on screen kiss) in which Johnson leaves Dornan’s character in her pre-submissive special, her VW bug named “Wanda.” In December, fans got a final glimpse of the actors before the holidays shooting a scene when Christian Grey saves Ana Steele, a sexually inexperienced college student, from being rundown by a rogue bike messenger. (See a behind-the-scenes clip of the scene here.)
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is currently scheduled for a February 13, 2015 release. The film is reportedly going to appease to both the Motion Picture Associate of America and erotica fans by releading both a NC-17 and an R-rated version. “Fifty Shades of Grey” film producer Dana Brunetti first revealed the news during an interview with Variety in November, saying, “Everybody could go and enjoy the 'R' version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it, then have that NC-17 version out there as well.”