It’s the elephant in the room following the news that Sam Taylor-Johnson may not be planning to return as director of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ sequels.
Will Jamie Dornan be coming back to play S&M businessman Christian Grey for two more films? Apparently not, according to some reports.
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Australian magazine NW claims to have the inside track on Dornan supposedly quitting the burgeoning franchise, which has broken all manner of box office records.
Seemingly the bad reviews and involved sex scenes – he’s married to actress Amelia Warner and has a 15-month-old daughter – may be giving the 32-year-old actor cold feet.
The magazine quotes an ‘insider’ as saying: “Jamie said the movie would skyrocket his career.
“He tried to assure Amelia nothing would change but women all over the world now lust after Jamie. She hasn’t seen the film and I don’t think she will to be honest.
“Jamie does not think his performance was bad – instead he blames Dakota and says it wasn’t possible to have chemistry with her.
“He says Dakota gave him nothing to work with.”
These are just rumours at the moment, with no confirmation from Dornan or Universal, but with many putting the fact that the movie wasn’t a total disaster down to Taylor-Johnson and scriptwriter Kelly Marcel’s efforts with the source material, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
Reports of Taylor-Johnson’s fractious relationship with the book’s writer EL James have been circulating for weeks now.
Taylor-Johnson herself admitted to ‘barneys’ on the set, saying: “It was difficult, I’m not going to lie.”
Since then, it’s emerged that James is allegedly demanding that she write the screenplays for the sequels, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’, both of which are also best-sellers.
Variety reports that Universal was initially ‘resistant to the idea’, but is discussing the possibility.
The second film was reportedly set to start filming in Vancouver in June.
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