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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Release Date Postponed

Fifty Shades of Grey Jamie Dornan'Fifty Shades of Grey' release date postponed to Valentine's Day 2015 (image: Shirtless Jamie Dornan)

Valentine's Day 2015 will get a lot kinkier than Valentine's Days of years past – well … depending on your concept of “kink.” Universal Pictures has announced that the movie version of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, likely to get either a tame (for sex) R or an even tamer PG-13 rating from the prudes at the Motion Picture Association of America, has a new release date: Friday, February 13, 2015, the day before Valentine's Day and the start of President's Day weekend in the United States.

To be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Fifty Shades of Grey is set to star Henry Cavill-look-alike Jamie Dornan (Flying Home) as billionaire and S&M aficionado Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) as his ready, willing, and able sex pal. Fifty Shades of Grey had been originally scheduled to debut on August 1, 2014.

Charlie Hunnam not responsible for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' release date change

Officially, the key reason for the Fifty Shades of Grey release date postponement is not Charlie Hunnam's abrupt departure from the project a few weeks ago (and Jamie Dornan's subsequent casting), but that summer 2014 will be a crowded field made worse – in terms of international openings – by the World Cup in Brazil.

For the time being, August 1, 2014, belongs to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Benicio del Toro. Other August 2014 releases include:

On Valentine's Day (and President's Day) weekend 2015, Fifty Shades of Grey could face competition from a movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Longest Ride, which has yet to begin casting.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' cast

Besides Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson; granddaughter of The Birds star Tippi Hedren), Fifty Shades of Grey features Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, and Jennifer Ehle. So far, Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Terra Nova) is the credited screenwriter for the film adaptation.

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  1. Josef Busto

    I can't wait to see this! I'm not too bothered if it isn't as good as the books so long as it's just as steamy!