'Fifty Shades Darker' Casts Christian Grey's Handsome Rival

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For any Fifty Shades of Grey fans worried that the second installment of the franchise may lose its edge, fear not: Christian Grey's enemy in the battle for Anastasia Steele's heart has been cast. Here's hoping Ana's new man doesn't get performance anxiety.

Rookie Blue actor Eric Johnson is currently in talks to play Jack Hyde, Christian Grey's rival in Universal's Fifty Shades Darker, the hotly anticipated sequel to the global phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey, reports Variety. Fans of the book know Jack as Ana's new boss, an assistant news editor who falls for her and begins romantically pursuing her, much to Grey's dislike.

Johnson will appear in both forthcoming big screen sequels, leaving ample opportunity for showing us the D.

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After all, Dakota Johnson did promise that we'll see some D on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, saying "Everybody wants to see the D -- The 'Dornan D.'"

"I'll probably get in trouble for this answer," she joked before eventually telling us what we all want to hear: Christian Grey will strip down in Fifty Shades Darker. "I'm going to make him get fully naked in the next one."

Kim Basinger and Bella Heathcote have also recently joined the cast, as Elena Lincoln and Christian's ex Leila, respectively. James Foley is taking over directing reins from Sam Taylor-Johnson.

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