Dakota Johnson 50 Shades Darker Spoilers

Dakota Johnson: From Bondage To Marriage And Other Juicy ’50 Shades Darker’ Spoilers

50 Shades Darker, the sequel to the 2015 film 50 Shades of Grey, is on its way, and lead actress Dakota Johnson was recently spotted during filming on set in Vancouver, Canada. What was seen of Johnson reveals some of the movie’s plot, and that combined with several other spoilers we learned about the sequel make for good reasons for fans to be hyped.

Dakota Johnson and co-star Jamie Dornan’s erotic romance flick 50 Shades of Grey was not met with great reviews. It focused on themes involving sexual fetishes like sadomasochism and bondage, but it was torn apart by fans and critics alike for offering little of interest other than the few BDSM scenes (which it apparently got very wrong anyway) and lackluster performances by in-movie romantic partners Johnson and Dornan.

Despite that fact, however, the film was a huge financial success, grossing over $570 million worldwide, and so Fifty Shades Darker, the movie based on the book that followed up Fifty Shades of Grey, was inevitable.

And fans can revel in the fact that 50 Shades Darker looks like it will be very different from 50 Shades of Grey.

This weekend, in fact, Dakota Johnson was seen onset wearing a wedding wing and holding hands with Dornan’s Christian Grey.

Dornan and Johnson were traipsing through a meadow with large grins on their faces during the scene, suggesting a welcome departure from Fifty Shades of Grey‘s dark and brooding tone that many reviewers thought was overdone.

The Mirror points out that the sneak peek reporters caught of Dakota reveals that the second movie will skip ahead of its written source material, since Johnson’s Anastasia Steele only accepts Christian’s marriage proposal at the end of the 50 Shades Darker novel. Hopefully, that fact will allow for more creative film writing, which will in turn allow Johnson and her co-stars to wander into new cinematic territory and away from the flat tone for which the original film was criticized.

Another aspect of the original film was critiqued endlessly and that is being worked on for the sequel was the fact that the love between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan did not seem real — Dakota and her onscreen beau even won the 2015 Razzie for “worst onscreen couple!” Rumors said that the lack of chemistry between Johnson and Dornan was due to Jamie being preoccupied with worries about his newborn son, whom he had to leave for the shooting of the movie.

Movie News Guide says Johnson and Dornan are working hard to remedy their lack of onscreen sizzle for 50 Shades Darker by building an intimate relationship in real life. It is not clear whether the offset time the pair spend together is simply to build onscreen chemistry or because Dakota and Jamie have actual romantic feelings for one another, but they have been photographed on a number of dates that are definitely not part of filming.

Dornan and Johnson’s relationship-building regimen seems to be paying off, because they certainly looked happy running hand-in-hand through that beautiful Canadian greenery!

But Dakota Johnson isn’t the only one that will have some serious chemistry with Dornan in 50 Shades Darker. Hugh Dancy, who ScreenCrush reports has joined the cast as a psychologist who will treat Christian Grey, has a great history with Jamie, having worked with him on projects including TV shows Hannibal and The Fall.

50 Shades Darker director James Foley’s attention to choosing actors with onscreen chemistry is a big relief, and that combined with a more upbeat and less formulaic story that takes more creative freedom in deviating from its source material could very well produce a much more respected movie than 50 Shades of Grey was.

Fifty Shades Darker started shooting about a month ago and is slated to hit theaters on February 10, 2017.

Will you be in line to watch Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan try to pull off a successful sequel, or will you pass?

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