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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is actually going to happen. Finally, after over a year of speculation and months of delays, the production is underway.

Producer Dana Brunetti Tweeted a photo of a film slate from the set Sunday with the caption, "Here we go." Sadly, there were no whips or chains visible:

50 Shades of Grey Underway

Once targeted to hit theaters next summer, the movie adaptation of EL James' novel has been pushed back due to casting changes and other factors.

The sexy motion picture is now slated for release February 13, 2015.

While everyone has their opinions regarding the casting, it shouldn't come as news to anyone that Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are now the film's leads.

See them filming some of the early scenes for the flick below ...

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Veteran actor Max Martini has joined the cast of the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie. He will play Christian Grey’s bodyguard, according to reports.

Max Martini Pic

Martini made a splash in 2013 (pun intended) as a leader of the Navy Seal team in Captain Phillips, as well as one of the main leads in Pacific Rim.

He also had a memorable arc on Revenge Season 1.

In Fifty Shades of Grey, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will portray Ana and Christian, the billionaire who Martini's character will be protecting.

The 43-year-old actor joins recently announced actors Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Jennifer Ehle in the 50 Shades film adaptation.

Reports indicate that the film will finally begin production sometime in early December and will arrive in theaters nationwisde on February 13, 2015.

Valentine's Day, natch. Bring your cuffs.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey may be a guilty pleasure for most, but for one creator of fan fiction based on the hit novel, things are getting a whole lot heavier.

Fifty Shades of Sin is based on the volatile, abusive relationship between Rihanna and Chris Brown, which continues to make headlines to this day.

J. Lola penned her thinly veiled version of the two music superstars' story, and you can find it on Amazon, where it is being sold for the Kindle.

Lola describes Fifty Shades Of Sin as "the strange story of Robyn and Chris, and how they find love in," wait for it ... wait ... "a HOPELESS PLACE."

"From the moment they meet, their attraction is explosive. They fall hard for each other," she writes. "They crave each other every minute of the day.

"However, [Robyn and Chris] just can’t be together. This is a story about love, but it explores the difficulties, sacrifices, and pain that love brings as well."

Deep.

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Eloise Mumford will Anastasia Steele’s roommate in Fifty Shades of Grey, scoring one of the final big roles to cast before the film goes into production.

The casting of Kate Kavanagh had been a high priority for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie brain trust after Charlie Hunnam was cast as Christian Grey.

Now we have her, despite much bigger names being rumored for the part (which was also true regarding every other part in the upcoming film).

Universal was looking at actresses for the role and testing girls with Dakota Johnson, but Hunnam’s exit moved producers' focus back to Christian.

Jamie Dornan ultimately replaced Hunnam as the male lead and Jennifer Ehle and Luke Grimes joined the cast, with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing.

Kate Kavanagh is lead character Ana Steele’s best friend and her polar opposite. She is also said to be drop-dead gorgeous, leaving men panting.

She and Elliott Grey (Grimes) also begin a romantic relationship.

Prior to getting her start in film and TV, Mumford, 27, served as understudy to Elisabeth Moss in the David Mamet Broadway play Speed-the-Plow.

She is best known for her work on The River and Lone Star, plus ABC's pilot Reckless. What do you think of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh?

 

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Dakota Johnson says she knew she wanted to play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey even before she read the popular erotic novel trilogy.

Her resolve only strengthened once she had a chance to.

Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele

"I just really understand it," Johnson said of the coveted role she's been given. "I think it's an incredible love story, and that's why it's affected so many people."

"Erica [author E.L. James] did a really good job of explaining how that can happen, you have this chemical pull to someone. The sex makes it perfect."

"Sometimes you feel a little bit naughty, and that's okay."

The actress, whose parents are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, says no one except her boyfriend, actor Jordan Masterson, knew she was even up for the part.

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If ever there were a case for buying books brand new instead of borrowing them from the library, this might be it. 

Herpes was found on copies of Fifty Shades of Grey when two Belgian scientists decided to test the top 10 borrowed books from the Antwerp Library to see what sort of disgusting things they might find. 

You guys. 

They found HERPES. And cocaine. But...herpes!! ALL THE HAND SANITIZER!

While the scientists did say that they didn't find enough herpes on the books for a person to contract the virus, they did find enough cocaine for a person to fail a drug test.

What are people DOING with their library books?! Do we even want to know?

No, no we do don't. 

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Suffice it to say, Jamie Dornan is the right man for the job.

Speaking for the first time since landing the coveted role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, the actor says he is ready and willing to get freaky.

"I'm a fairly worldly guy," the former model, 31, says. "I grew up in a very liberal place. I'm not saying we had a playroom, but I'm not shocked [by the sex]."

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson

"It's essential to tell the story. I can't believe films that don't invoke the sexual side of it," adds the Northern Ireland native. "So it works for me."

As for co-star Dakota Johnson's take on the material?

"Obviously, I want to look good naked," she tells the mag. "I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f--king feels awesome."

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Charlie Hunnam quitting Fifty Shades of Grey was "disappointing," author E.L. James says, and she says she worries the final product will be as well.

It's not that she doesn't have faith in the film's producers, it's just that she had reservations about turning her trilogy into a movie series to begin with.

  • Charlie Hunnam Shirtless Photo
  • Jamie Dornan Shirtless Photo

"I didn't know if it was the right thing ... but then I thought, ‘I'm middle-aged; when in the hell am I going to get another chance to make a movie in Hollywood?'"

Imagine how the best-selling novelist felt when leading man Charlie Hunnam backed out of the project just weeks before production was set to begin.

"It was disappointing, but it is what it is," James tells EW. "I wish him well."

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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie producers have confirmed that its release has been delayed until 2015, but have yet to address the biggest remaining casting question:

Who should play Kate Kavanagh, Anastasia Steele's BFF?

  • Blake Lively in NY
  • Kaley Cuoco Photograph
  • Amber Heard Bikini Photo
  • The Right Hough

The much-talked about project's casting is almost complete.

Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) has her Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), and his big brother Elliott (Luke Grimes) is also in the mix. But no Kate yet.

The effervescent college roommate of Ana also forges a relationship with Elliott, so this is a key role. One we still get to play fantasy casting with!

Some blonde beauties who would be quality Kate Kavanaghs ...

  • Kaley Cuoco. The Big Bang Theory star is vivacious and outgoing, not to mention every guy's dream girl. Hard to go wrong ever.
  • Amber Heard. A sexy bombshell like Kate, her striking, delicate features and hourglass figure make for quite a package. Plus, she's talented!
  • Katrina Bowden. The 30 Rock alum looks the part, and could be a lesser-known face than other stars on this list who might overshadow Ana.
  • Blake Lively. Gossip Girl's leading lady is a fan favorite for Kate.
  • Julianne Hough. Because Grey is the new black ... face. Sorry.

VOTE: Who should play Kate in Fifty Shades of Grey?

 

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In a seemingly inevitable move, the release date for Universal's upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been delayed until Valentine's Day 2015.

The movie had been scheduled for an August 1, 2014 release, but production in Vancouver has already been pushed back due to recent turmoil.

Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who plays kinky billionaire Christian Grey, replaced Charlie Hunnam in the lead role and needs time to prep.

Fortunately, he also found the time to pose for EW's new cover story:

  • Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
  • Jamie Dornan: Christian Grey

The studio insists that the move was also necessitated by the hectic summer schedule that the Fifty Shades of Grey movie was originally competing in.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters next year, and other studios are moving films from June and July to August to avoid the World Cup in Brazil.

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