Although Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill, and Theo James have been mentioned as possible candidates to play the role of Jack Hyde in Fifty Shades Darker, it doesn't look like any of them will be cast for the role. In fact, according to E! Online, producers for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel have not even started casting.
"We're nowhere near casting," Dana Brunetti revealed during the 2015 Emmys. "We haven't gotten into anything like that. We don't even have a casting director on it yet."
While Brunetti admitted that they are still early in the process of producing the film, he went on to address some of the rumors that have been surfacing concerning Hyde's character.
"It's so insane," he stated in the interview. "Somebody posts something on some obscure blog and then it gets picked up by something a little less obscure and it keeps going. Fans are starting the news by saying things like [the Cavill casting]."
At a certain level, fan speculation can be blamed for some of the rumors, but Cavill didn't exactly do his best at stopping the reports. In a past interview with E! News, the Man of Steel star was particularly vague when asked about his involvement in the film.
"Basically what I can say is I can't say anything about it right now," Cavill said, before later clearing things up and confirming that he would not be included in the project.
Meanwhile, now that we know that casting is still a ways off for Fifty Shades Darker, Charlize Theron's involvement in the film is now in doubt, especially after her recent comments during a red carpet event.
"I haven't heard that one," she stated after being asked about playing Ms. Robinson in the movie. "I'm learning so much about myself on this red carpet."
Although producers are still behind on casting, they have selected a director to helm the next few films in the erotic franchise. With that in mind, James Foley, known for his work on Netflix's House of Cards, will be directing the next two Fifty Shades movies.
At the same time, both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be returning to play the parts of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The films are adaptations of the highly successful novels by E.L. James. The first sequel is set to hit theaters on February 10, 2017.
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