Fifty Shades Darker: Eric Johnson joins the cast as Jack Hyde

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The latest Fifty Shades Darker casting announcement finally reveals who will play Jack Hyde in the series' last two films. Keep reading for details on the actor and what we can expect

The Fifty Shades Darker release date is getting closer and closer. Ok, to be fair, we're about a year away from its release, but we've already started our countdown. After what felt like the longest time without any updates on the sequel, we are happy with all the recent news that has been coming out of the production camp. It was finally announced that Kim Basinger will play Mrs. Robinson in Fifty Shades Darker. Her character doesn't support the couple and resents Ana's attempts to get Christian to veer away from the BDSM lifestyle, which she is responsible for introducing him to as a teenager. It was more recently revealed that Australian actress Bella Heathcote, who currently stars in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will play Leila Williams, Christian's ex-submissive. The character has a bit of trouble accepting that she and Christian are over and will make things very uncomfortable for him and Ana when she reappears on the scene. We can't wait to see all of this drama play out on the big screen.

Finally, the last piece of the Fifty Shades casting puzzle has fallen into place. Our apologies to those of you who were hoping that the The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder was going to be cast in the role of Jack Hyde. Variety has announced that actor Eric Johnson will play Jack Hyde in both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Johnson is best known for his role as Dr. Everett Gallinger in Cinemax's drama series The Knick. He will take on the role of Ana's boss, an assistant news editor, in the next two Fifty Shades films and can be described as sleazy at best. He takes a liking to Ana and doesn't seem to be the least bit bothered by the fact that she is with Christian. It certainly catches the attention of her billionaire boyfriend, who is less than thrilled when another man starts making a play for her. Dakota Johnson recently teased that Darker will be kind of scary and we have a feeling that Anastasia's new boss might have something to do with that. What is certain is that drama will definitely ensue in the next movie. For more Fifty Shades Darker updates click the green subscribe button below! What do you think of the news that Eric Johnson will play Jack Hyde in the next two Fifty Shades films?

Source: Variety