With “Fifty Shades of Grey” absolutely dominating the box office, many fans are already looking ahead to the film’s sequel “Fifty Shades Darker.” However, many who have been floored by the erotic romance film were shaken by rumors that actor Jamie Dornan, the man who plays the title character Christian Grey, would not be returning. Fortunately, those rumors have officially been put to rest.
"Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film," Dornan's rep confirmed to People Magazine Wednesday.
It was recently speculated that Dornan was trying to avoid returning for the second, and subsequent third, installments in the movie franchise. Based on the best-selling trilogy of novels by author E.L. James, Dornan’s character is supposed to return as the kinky billionaire for two more stories. However, rumors indicated that his wife, Amelia Warner, was too uncomfortable with the franchise’s intimate BDSM sex scenes between her husband and 25-year-old Dakota Johnson.
The film focuses on a young woman, Anastasia Steele (Johnson), who meets Christian, a wealthy and enigmatic man. The two are attracted to each other and eventually engage in a provocative sexual relationship that toys with bondage, whipping and dominance.
Previously, it was revealed that Warner had not and would not be seeing her husband’s movie. This led many to believe that the 32-year-old actor was looking for a way out of the role. With the actor already lining up new projects, it would cause a problem as recasting such a key character would be jarring to fans.
It’s worth mentioning that, despite the box office success of the first film, the studio has yet to green light “Fifty Shades Darker.” However, many consider it an all but certainty that Universal Pictures would want to replicate the box office success of the first film. "Fifty Shades Darker" is speculated to premiere in theaters in 2016.