The “Fifty Shades of Grey” film has endured several casting bumps along the road in its inception, but it appears things are finally coming together for the screen adaptation of E.L. James’ popular erotic trilogy.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson grace the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly in character as the film’s leads, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
Dornan said he has no problem getting naked for his role. The former Calvin Klein model said he is ‘f–king excited’ to play Christian Grey.
After several casting snags – including the vast search to find the main actor after several first choices turned it down and then the departure of “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam shortly after he was picked – Dornan, 31, tells EW he is ready to take on the role.
“There was a slight fear,” the Irish actor said. “But beyond anything else, I was really f—ing excited.”
While Hunnam, 33, reportedly backed out of the role with fears of becoming the next Robert Pattinson after the success and fame of the “Twilight” series, Dornan is embracing his role – and everything that it entails – without any trepidation about those racy sex scenes or about becoming the object of scores of women’s fantasies.
“I’m a fairly worldly guy,” he told the magazine. “I grew up in a very liberal place. I’m not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book]. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.”
The film adaptation of the erotic E. L. James trilogy, initially set for an August 2014 release date, has been pushed back to be released on Valentine’s Day weekend of 2015.
And, while the search for Dornan spanned several weeks, actress Dakota Johnson, 24, prepared for her not-so-innocent role by working out to “look good naked.”
“Obviously, I want to look good naked,” she told EW. “I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f-ing feels awesome.”
Johnson, the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, recently dyed her blond locks a much darker brunette hue to get into character.
Production on “Fifty Shades of Grey” is apparently moving forward without any more hitches. The cast begins filming in Vancouver on Dec. 2, according to EW. However, the initial August 2014 release date on the Sam Taylor-Johnson flick has been pushed back to Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13, 2015.