Bella Heathcote Joins “Fifty Shades Darker” As Christian Grey’s Ex



has signed on for FIFTY SHADES DARKER, second installment in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise based on the best-selling by E.L. James. Heathcote will play Leila, a former lover of Christian Grey who bears the scars to prove it. She joins stars and Dakota Johnson, who return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel, as well as , who was recently cast as Elena Lincoln, Grey’s business partner and another of his former lovers. , and will also reprise their roles.

Fifty Shades Darker continues the taboo saga Grey and Steele. The first film ended with Steele leaving Grey to start a new , but in Darker, he presents her with an irresistible offer to win her back. will take over as director, replacing Sam Taylor-Johnson who had a notoriously rocky time on the first film. Author E.L. James co-wrote the script with her husband . and are producing with James and .

Heathcote is in theatres this weekend as Jane Bennet in Seth Grahame-Smith’s zombie-Jane Austen mash-up Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The Aussie actress previously starred in the Graham-Smith-scripted Dark Shadows and David Chase’s Not Fade Away. She can next be seen in Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon opposite Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves.

She is repped by , More / Medavoy Management, and in Oz by .


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