Variety reports that Eric Johnson has been cast as the aptly-named Jack Hyde in Fifty Shades Darker. Hyde is the new boss and would-be suitor of Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, much to the dismay of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. Perhaps they will figure out a way to work out their frustrations.
An erotically charged romance, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has capitalized on it’s naughty-but-not-too-naughty aesthetic to the tune of more than $570 million worldwide. On-set conflict between author E L James and the first film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, however, led to Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opting not return for the sequel. James Foley will instead direct Fifty Shades Darker, which will be penned by E L James’ husband, Niall Leonard.
Fifty Shades Darker and the third film, Fifty Shades Freed will be released on Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018.