Fifty Shades Darker Release Date, Cast Controversy: Dakota Johnson Out? Who’s Replacing Her?

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Fifty Shades Darker?s release date is fast approaching, but rumors are rife about cast problems. Dakota Johnson has allegedly threatened to leave the franchise amid news that Jamie Dornan will be replaced.?

She and Dornan play main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively. Their chemistry was evident in the first installment during 2015?s Fifty Shades of Grey. Both have reportedly finished filming both the sequel.

Even the final film Fifty Shades Freed?was reportedly completed already.?

Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey?

Now, Fifty Shades Darker cast controversies have been all over the news. Reports claim that TV star Ian Somerhalder will be playing Christian Grey soon.



Ian Somerhalder

Some say that his role is for a special fourth movie, titled Grey. It will allegedly be based on author EL James? novel that tells the trilogy from the male protagonist?s point of view.

The actor was initially among the fan favorites for Fifty Shades? big screen adaptation. However, Somerhalder was reportedly too busy with The Vampire Diaries back then. Now that long-running TV series is over, rumors surfaced that he will finally be part of the movie.

Related: Ian Somerhalder To Bid Goodbye To The Vampire Diaries?

?An expensive mistake? ? Jamie Dornan

Dornan spoke up about the issue while promoting Fifty Shades Darker on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

He pointed out that re-doing everything would be ?an expensive mistake.?

?But good luck to him,? the 34-year-old said about Somerhalder. ?He’ll be great!”

Unfortunately, Fifty Shades Darker?s female lead is supposedly not taking the issue lightly. Reports allege that Johnson warned about abandoning the project if Dornan will be replaced.

Related: Fifty Shades Darker Sex Scenes Angers Jamie Dornan?s Wife? Actor Missing Dakota Johnson?

Dakota Johnson?s possible replacements

Fans will remember that several other actresses were said to be on the running to play Anastasia Steele.

Newsweek previously claimed that Pretty Little Liars‘ star Lucy Hale wanted the role.?Chloe Bridges of The Carrie Diaries? also auditioned. However, both were allegedly unprepared to take on the trilogy’s mature content.

Related: Fifty Shades Darker Sex Scenes Leaked?

If Ian Somerhalder?s participation pushes through, it is likely that Alexis Bledel will again be tagged in the project.?

The Gilmore Girls star was a fan favorite to play Ana. Many were convinced after the two got millions of views in a fan-made mashup trailer.

Nonetheless, there has been no confirmations from producers about the cast overhaul reported by iTechPost. It is best to believe that Fifty Shades Darker?s release date on Feb. 10, 2017 will still feature the same lead stars.

TheBitBag will be on the lookout for updates about Fifty Shades Darker.

Read more: Fifty Shades Darker Cast Update: Ian Somerhalder Stepping In? Jamie Dornan Speaks Up About Vampire Diaries Star

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