‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Submits ‘Hannibal’ Star Hugh Dancy to Its Sadistic Whims
Just when it seemed like Fifty Shades Darker had finished casting, they’ve gone and snatched up Hugh Dancy. We’ve been lulled into and violently shaken from a false sense of security, and now no one is safe from the sadistic whims of E.L. James and her sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.
THR reports that The Path’s Hugh Dancy has joined the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, in which he’ll play Dr. John Flynn, a psychiatrist whom Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey begins seeing in order to cope with the fallout from his relationship with Johnson’s Ana. That’s an interesting pairing, as both Dancy and Dornan have appeared opposite Gillian Anderson on the small screen in Hannibal and The Fall, respectively.
Dornan is not nearly as deviously and darkly charismatic in Fifty Shades as he is in the BBC miniseries — which is unfortunate since his performance as Paul Spector on The Fall is the reason why he was hired for Christian Grey in the first place. But maybe pairing Dancy with Dornan can bring something more compelling out of the latter — if anything, this casting just makes me want to watch a two-hour film about the therapy sessions between Jamie Dornan and Hugh Dancy, or maybe we can get that fourth season of Hannibal and add Dornan to the equation. These are such great ideas.
Not such a great idea is giving Fifty Shades author E.L. James so much power over the forthcoming film sequels. James’ husband and fellow author Niall Leonard is scripting both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, replacing screenwriter Kelly Marcel, whose script for the first film (along with Johnson’s charming performance) vastly improved upon the lackluster source material.
James Foley (House of Cards) is directing Fifty Shades Darker, which also stars Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln, the woman who introduced Christian to BDSM. Other newcomers include Bella Heathcote as Christian’s former flame Leila and The Knick’s Eric Johnson as Ana’s new love interest. Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Ora will reprise their roles for the sequel, which hits theaters on February 10, 2017.