Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson Hit the Beach in New Photos From the 'Fifty Shades' Sequel Set

Cabana life

Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson get some light reading done on a beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the south of France. It’s unclear at what point the production is in filming, but the beginning of the third novel Fifty Shades Freed opens with Christian and Ana enjoying some beach time on the French Riviera where they’re celebrating their honeymoon. With Dornan wearing nothing but a blue bathing suit and Johnson sporting a skimpy yellow bikini, the two can be seen in various states of repose. (Photo: AKM-GSI)

Cabana life

Johnson and Dornan during filming. The sequels will introduce new cast members like Kim Basinger, who plays Christian’s old flame Elena, and Hugh Dancy, who will play Christian’s therapist Dr. Flynn. Universal Studios chairman Donna Langley has described the second movie, at least, as “more of a thriller” than the first movie, which focused on the on-again, off-again romance. (Photo: SplashNews)

Bathing beauty

As the crew hovers nearby, Johnson stretches out in her yellow string bikini. (Photo: SplashNews)

Beach bod

Dornan, in his blue trunks, has clearly been hitting the gym to get in Grey shape. (Photo: SplashNews)

Beach bod

Johnson’s suit leaves little to the imagination. (Photo: AKM-GSI)

Jet ski

Will there be any jet ski action at this resort? (Photo: AKM-GSI)

Dakota Johnson

A camera gets set for more Johnson-fixated action. (Photo: AKM-GSI)

Dornan and Johnson

Dornan may be giving his co-star a back rub, but that’s undoubtedly a tame taste of what’s in store for viewers when the first sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, hits theaters on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo: AKM-GSI)

When last year’s movie adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey earned a $571 million global haul, it almost went without saying that the next two novels in the series — Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed — would soon be having their kinky way with audiences in theaters. Due to hit screens in February 2017 and 2018, respectively, the sequels are being filmed back-to-back and are currently in production now with returning cast members Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the randy billionaire Christian Grey and his lady love Anastasia Steele. (House of Cards director James Foley is stepping in for original director Sam Taylor-Johnson.) Click through to see some newly surfaced photos from the movie’s set in France.