The smolder is over. "Fifty Shades of Grey" actor Jamie Dornan is reportedly leaving the cast ahead of production of its sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker." Reuters

Well, that was quick. Looks like the torrid affair between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will need to find a new leading man to wield the whip in the next installments of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film series. According to a source, lead actor Jamie Dornan is stepping away from the popular series because of disappointing reviews and a disapproving wife.

Amelia Warner is one of the main reasons Dornan has opted out of the sequels, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed," the insider told Australian magazine NW. Dornan's wife has apparently avoided watching the original "Fifty Shades of Grey" because of its racy content, and she's discomfitted by her husband’s newfound worldwide fame as the kinky Mr. Grey. The couple has a young daughter, Dulcie.

Dornan has also complained about his co-star Dakota Johnson, citing her performance as reason for the bad reviews of “FSOG.” Their lack of chemistry and on-set fights allegedly drove Dornan decision to step away, before the first sequel started shooting. The insider divulged, "He says Dakota gave him nothing to work with."

Breakups are messy, but it seems like the next “Fifty Shades” is headed to divorce court. Rumor also has it that director Sam Taylor-Johnson might be looking at an exit strategy as author E.L. James attempts to control more of the production. Ahead of her film’s record-breaking debut at the box office, Taylor-Johnson had announced she would direct the next two sequels.