‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Adds ‘The Knick’s’ Eric Johnson as Christian Grey’s Rival (EXCLUSIVE)

'Fifty Shades Darker' Adds Eric Johnson
Courtesy of Cinemax

Eric Johnson is in talks to play Jack Hyde, Christian Grey’s rival in Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to the global hit “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Kim Basinger and Bella Heathcote have also recently joined the cast, with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan returning to reprise their roles of Anastasia Steele and Grey, respectively. James Foley is taking over directing reins from Sam Taylor-Johnson.

In the book, Hyde plays Steele’s new boss, an assistant news editor who falls for her and begins pursuing her, much to Grey’s dislike. Hyde will appear in both “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”

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

Johnson has appeared in the last two seasons of Cinemax’s “The Knick,” in which he played Dr. Everett Gallinger. This would mark his biggest film role to date. He is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.

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  1. Watch the completed videos based on Fifty Shades Darker on Kaizerinsissi Youtube channel.

  2. jenny says:

    I just looked at pictures of him… He’s a pretty good looking guy. But, with that slicked back hair, he definitely could be a creepy Jack Hyde! I feel like they are already doing a better job with casting so far. :)

  3. Maggie says:

    Hyde is not an assistant news editor.. He is a book editor and Ana is his assistant.

  4. Maureen says:

    So looking forward to the next two movies and the next book from Christian’s point of view. Loved the books and the first movie. I think the actors they have chosen for the next film will do well and Jamie and Dakota played the roles just as I had imagined them from the first book. I know EL James and Universal will not disappoint the fans.

  5. Deek says:

    Glad this movie is being made! Without it the first one, we never would have found out that S & M is really about the pedestrian, boring most in-erotic, PG-13 sex between two cardboard people who between them lack the charisma of a mosquito bite.
    I can’t wait to see what promises of eroticism will be broken in the sequel!

    • palmer says:

      If it’s so in erotic and the actors are so cuddoard why are you looking foward to this agony? People like you are totally screwed up in my opinion. Leave us to enjoy fifty shades and take your BOARD insatiable @$$ to Disney land.

  6. Like everyone else I hope this was a type-o but I’m not sure. I would like to know why they left stuff out of the first one. Like Miss Jones, she plays a roll in all the books yet she is not in the first movie. In the books she made a comment about cooper color hair boy and man yet in the movie he is brown headed. In the books they have crying unable to eat sleeping on Charlie tango and loosing weight before Jose show. I understand they have to go off the book some so we will see how the next two work out

  7. Dana says:

    Hyde was never Christian’s rival. He was a nasty, woman hating person who pursued Ana. She was never interested in him. She was afraid of him. He attacked Ana after blackmailing her and kidnapping Christian’s sister. You should read the books, and get your facts straight.

    • palmer says:

      Hyde turned out to be more of Christians rival than Ana’s as the story continues he has a connection with Christian from childhood when they were both fosterd in the same house and the Greys took Christian in and not Jack so he is bitter and hates Christian for opportunities he got and blames the Greys for Christians success. He wants Christians money Dana. Let’s just see how they depict it in the movies.

  8. Fangirl says:

    He doesnt’t really look the part, but that may change with the right hair and make-up.
    “In the book, Hyde plays Steele’s new boss, an assistant news editor who falls for her and begins pursuing her, much to Grey’s dislike.” Hyde is not an assistant news editor, he’s one of the commisioning editors of a book publishing company. Two factual errors in one sentence, tsk tsk. Do your homework and research the facts to get them right before writing an article.

    • Deek says:

      Um, who cares? Anyone with taste or an eighth grade education isn’t actually going to read these poorly crafted Twilight fan fictions. I mean, the descriptions of sex are like what a 12-year-old whose never experience it would write.

      • Bobbi says:

        Who cares? Over 100 million fans care, are extremely interested, anxiously await casting news and look forward to the next two movies…that’s who cares!! It’s interesting that you say you don’t, yet read the article and even commented, hummmmm!!

    • Kay Marie says:

      Jack doesn’t “fall” for Ana, he’s a sexual predator that blackmails all of his assistants, who she finds creepy from the start. Hopefully this is just an error in the article and not how his character is going to be portrayed.

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