“Fifty Shades of Grey” fans got a treat Thursday, a glimpse at the film adaptation's leading man, Jamie Dornan. Following requests from fans of the best-selling E.L. James erotica novel to see an exclusive picture of the 31-year-old Northern Irish actor, “Fifty Shades” producer Dana Brunetti delivered Thursday. “Christian Grey eats at Freddy’s BBQ?” reads the image's caption, which shows the Oscar-nominated film producer posing next to the star, who is sporting a “House of Cards”-inspired T-shirt. (No coincidence that Brunetti is also a producer of the hit Kevin Spacey Netflix series.)
Since the photo's release on Brunetti’s official Facebook page, it already has received more than 1,300 “likes” and hundreds of comments from fans of Dornan. “Ohhh fangirl moment! Finally a pic of Jamie!!!” said user Ulrika Svensson Thursday. “Umm, I think I see some BBQ sauce left over on the side of your mouth #ChristianGrey, #JamieDornan, which I will be happy to lick it all off,” joked user Lisa Hedbuerg. “Oh my… Thank you for the picture… I’ve been dying to see more pics of the ‘Christian Grey,’” said Ally Roberts. “If you post pictures with Jamie throughout the year, fans will have the patience to wait until February 2015. #WeCanDream,” said Izabele Soeiro.
Brunetti’s social media followers first requested a new image of Dornan (and a hint at a possible teaser trailer release date) after Brunetti announced he was returning to Vancouver, Canada, to wrap the movie’s last week of filming on Monday. According to the Twitter account of author James, a fellow producer of the film, the highly anticipated flick is set to wrap in Vancouver this weekend. Following James' confirmation, Brunetti has since discussed the end of filming, posting “Good bye, Vancouver,” before later adding, “Back to LaLa Land” on Facebook Thursday night. E!! News was the first to report last week that the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film would be finished ahead of schedule, reportedly wrapping on Sunday.
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While the film’s cast still have a couple days left on set, an image of a thank you note sent under the film’s false name, “The Adventures of Max & Banks,” began circulating on the Web Friday. It reads, “On behalf of the cast and crew…we would like to thank you for your patience and support while filming in your neighborhood. The producers are director are ecstatic with the results from filming in this unique and picturesque location. We always endeavor to make filming a positive experience and we hope that it was just that for all of you.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” began production back in November. Dornan and his co-star, actress Dakota Johnson, who will play Grey’s virginal girlfriend Ana Steele in the flick, were last spotted filming outdoor jogging scenes in Vancouver on Jan. 29. The film, which also stars British singer/actress Rita Ora and “Trophy Wife” and “The Newsroom” TV star Marcia Gay Harden, is currently scheduled for a Valentine’s Day weekend 2015 U.S. debut.