"Fifty Shades Darker" is already on its way to the big screen and fans can expect to see more of the franchise in the next couple of years. Despite the movie's overwhelming success, lead actor Jamie Dornan recently revealed that he's done playing his role as Christian Grey. Could that mean he will be replaced by Ian Somerhalder?
Recently, rumors were rife that Jamie Dornan will be replaced by "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder in the hit "Fifty Shades" franchise. However, Dornan was quick to counter the said rumors calling it "an expensive mistake."
On Thursday, Dornan appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to promote his new film, "The Fall." In the interview, the actor was asked if he knows anything about Somerhalder replacing him on "Fifty Shades" franchise. Dornan shrugged, saying, "No. I don't know."
The 34-year-old heartthrob then revealed that he already shot the remaining two sequels in the franchise with his co-star Dakota Johnson - "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed". He then went on and joked that replacing him with Somerhalder would be "an expensive mistake."
"That would be really hard for them to do, considering we shot both of the movies," the actor added. "That's an expensive mistake, I'll put it that way. But good luck to him-he'll be great!"
It can be recalled that Somerhalder was a fan favorite to play Dornan's role in "Fifty Shades" during the casting process back in 2013. The actor even expressed his desire to take the role if given the opportunity during that time. Since then, the comparison between the two has been rampant.
"It could be anyone, that's how that goes," Somerhalder revealed during an interview in 2013. "One can never get bored of people asking about a huge project, every guy in Hollywood is up for this role."
After Dornan bagged the role of Christian Grey, rumors continue to slam the actor claiming that he's "livid" about not getting the role for himself. However, he countered the said rumor and pointed out that he wouldn't be able to do the role anyway, saying, "I'm on a TV show that shoots 10 months a year," referring to "The Vampire Diaries" series.
"Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" already completed production in July and are slated to premiere on Feb. 10, 2017 and Feb. 9, 2018 respectively.