English actor Hugh Dancy, best known for his turn as Will Graham in NBC’s “Hannibal,” is joining Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” follow up called “Fifty Shades Darker,” reports Vulture and The Hollywood Reporter. Dancy will play Dr. John Flynn, Christian Grey’s psychiatrist.
“Fifty Shades Darker” is directed by James Foley (“House of Cards”) from E.L. James’ novel of the same title. The sequel story is about Christian Grey (Dornan) who has to deal with his inner demons when a former lover, Mrs. Elena Robinson (Kim Basinger), re-enters his life and how current flame Anastasia (Johnson) has to confront Christian’s past lovers. The movie also stars Tyler Hoechlin, Rita Ora, and Marcia Gay Harden, among others.
Foley, who will also helm the third installation, “Fifty Shades Freed,” is directing from a screenplay by Niall Leonard (“Wire in the Blood”), who is the husband of author E.L. James. Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Marcus Viscidi, and E.L. James are producing under Universal Pictures’ banner.
It is interesting to note that Dancy, who has played a complex character in “Hannibal,” a series that deals with madness and violent tendencies, has been tasked to counsel an E.L James character who himself is obsessed with dark, violent and deviant sexual practices. Dancy is also playing a cult leader in Hulu’s “The Path” which again deals with complex psychological issues. So, Dancy’s choice seems like a no-brainer.
Of course, he is also a talented actor. Hugh Dancy has received two Critics’ Choice Award nominations for his performance in “Hannibal” and was nominated for an Emmy for playing the Earl of Essex in HBO’s miniseries, “Elizabeth I.”
Originally, “Fifty Shades of Grey” director and producer Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel were supposed to do the sequel as well, but tensions and creative differences with author E.L. James resulted in them opting out of “Fifty Shades Darker.” The sequel is slated to be released on February 10, 2017.