"Fifty Shades of Grey" stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan recently got into character and gave fans a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming film based on the best-selling book by the same name.
The two actors appear in an embrace on the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, complete with a clean-shaven Dornan clutching a gray tie around his hand.
The magazine also has a few more photos of the actors in character with Johnson, 24, looking sweet and innocent sitting in a chair with a blue sweater, jeans and white Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers while Dornan leans in next to her wearing a dark gray suit.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" and its sequels depict the sadomasochistic and romantic relationship between wealthy businessman Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. It was confirmed in September that Dakota Johnson, an actress who starred in "The Social Network" and is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, will play the female lead.
It was announced recently that the film's release date has changed from August 2014 to Valentine's Day weekend 2015. The movie will start shooting in December. The production of the film was pushed back a month in order for Dornan to prepare for the part after Charlie Hunnam exited the role of Christian Grey in October.
Dornan, 31, was announced as the new lead in late October. He talked to the magazine about the moment he found out he won the role and said, "There was a slight fear ... but beyond anything else, I was really [expletive] excited."
According to Entertainment Weekly, the new casting is not the primary reason behind the change of the original release date.
"We see this movie as a global event," Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley told the magazine. "The strength of this book is really worldwide, so we want to be able to take advantage of women who are invariably on vacation with their families during the month of August in Europe."
Dornan also said he's not afraid to tackle some of the more sexually explicit aspects of the film.
"I grew up in a very liberal place. I'm not saying we had a playroom, but I'm not shocked by [the sex in the book]," he told the magazine. "It's essential to tell the story. I can't believe films that don't invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me."