Fifty Shades Freed won’t hit the cinemas until next year, but the third and final installment of the erotic trilogy has already garnered a lot of buzz. As usual, it’s due to the rumored affair between franchise stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
If you’ve been following both stars, you should know that they became good friends after they were cast to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively for the films. But because of their onscreen chemistry and the series’ cult following, a lot of fans were quick to speculate that there could be something romantic going on between the two behind the cameras.
And it’s not just the onscreen couple that rumors have targeted. Even Dornan and his wife, Amelia Warner, were both reported to be having marital problems and considering divorce over the former’s alleged affair with Johnson.
Are Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Dating?
On multiple occasions, both Fifty Shades Freed stars have shut down such rumors and set all the records straight. The Irish actor kept repeating during many interviews that he shares only a deep friendship with his co-star and nothing more. Johnson also revealed that what people see on screen are nothing but a part of the script that the media perceives the wrong way.
Behind-the-scene photos are picked up as “proof” of the claims when they’re just really doing their jobs. In a previous interview, she even noted contradicting reports that they can’t stand each other and are having an affair. To that, she said with sarcasm, “We hate each other and we’re having an affair, so everybody’s right. How about that?”
As the erotic franchise nears its end, the two are eventually parting ways so the rumors may start dying soon. In fact, Dornan has already moved on to other projects. More recently, he started filming HBO’s My Dinner with Hervé alongside Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage. The film is based on the real-life story of Hervé Villechaize, a French actor who rose to fame for various roles including that of the evil henchman Nick Nack in the James Bond film before he took his own life back in 1993 at the age of 50.
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Jamie Dornan So Done With Fifty Shades
And while there’s a new book in the series, told from Grey’s point of view, Dornan said last year he’s no longer reprising his role for any more installments.
“I’m actually finished with it. I’ve done Fifty Shades forever. I move on very fast in my mind,” he said, per Express. “As much as from the outside people think you are synonymous with one character, but I’m very much like, ‘Right, that’s done’, and move on to the next project and worry about that character.”
The actor made it clear that he does not want to be associated with the role for the rest of his career. He explained: “I think as an actor, you do just want to mix it up. You don’t want to be typecast.”
That’s a real bummer to all Fifty Shades fans. But as far as their onscreen characters are concerned, rest assured that there will be growth in Christian and Ana’s relationship in the final film. HOFMag notes they it will develop into something more authentic and less methodological.
Fifty Shades Freed is scheduled to debut in cinemas in February 2018 with Johnson and Dornan still on the lead roles. Directed by James Foley, the third installment also stars Eric Johnson as Jack Hyde, Bella Heathcote as Leila Williams, Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh, Rita Ora as Mia Grey, and Luka Grimes as Elliot Grey.
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