‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Adds Bella Heathcote as Christian Grey’s Ex

Bella Heathcote has been tapped to play Christian Grey’s former lover Leila in Universal’s sequel “Fifty Shades Darker,” sources confirmed for Variety.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning to reprise their roles of Anastasia Steele and Grey, respectively, with James Foley taking over directing reins.

Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini are also returning to the cast, with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing along with James and Marcus Viscidi. Niall Leonard and “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James are penning the script.

Universal is planning to shoot “Fifty Shades Darker” and the final pic, “Fifty Shades Freed,” back-to-back, with “Darker” set to bow Feb. 10, 2017.

The first installment in the series was a massive hit, grossing $560 million worldwide, including $166 million domestically. Heathcote can currently be seen in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” alongside Lily James and Sam Riley. She’s also in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” which also stars Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves, opening later this year.

She is repped by WME and JM Agendy in Australia; More/Medavoy Management; and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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