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Dakota Johnson is yet to see Fifty Shades of Grey

Despite a release date that’s just three weeks away, none of the stars of “Fifty Shades of Grey” have seen the much anticipated movie.

That’s according to Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Christian Grey’s mother, Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey.

“The director is letting the cast see the movie but not right now,” Marcia told Access Hollywood on the red carpet at the Artios Awards in Beverly Hills last night.

“I’m going to see it right before the fans do… but this is a movie that is protected,” the 55-year-old actress explained. “It’s like they’ve got a chastity belt around the movie itself.”

As fans of the books know, Grace isn’t Christian’s biological mother, but rather the woman who took him in after his birth mother passed away.

Though it’s not frequently discussed in the erotic novel, Marcia says her character definitely approves of Anastasia Steele, her son’s girlfriend.

“Mama Grey loves her!” she raved. “She is really, really smart … very refined, very elegant and I think she loves that there is this wholesome girl for Christian. I mean she has probably seen him with a lot of uptight little blonde types.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters February 13.

Fifty Shades Of Grey ‘Sequel Moving Ahead’

The first Fifty Shades of Grey movie may not be out until next February but according to new inside reports, Universal are so convinced of box office success that they’re already forging ahead with the sequel.

The first movie based on EL James’ smash hit novel wrapped shooting back in February, with the Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson starring flick hitting cinemas on Valentine’s Day week 2015.

Thanks to the huge fan base surrounding James’ novel, Universal are said to be making plans for a second movie based on the book Fifty Shades Darker.

Tracking Board report that the studio “is actively moving ahead” with the new movie. With the first film expected to easily make back its estimated $40 million budget, it’s not a huge surprise that the studio wants to cash in and get cracking on another potential money spinner.

Interestingly the site report that the new movie is currently an “open writing assignment (OWA)” which means that the hunt for a new writer is on.

Kelly Marcel adapted the first novel for the big screen but then both Patrick Marber and Mark Bomback were hired to polish up the script, but this time around it looks like Universal want to bring in fresh talent.

According to the report, none of the cast has officially signed on for the follow-up and director Sam Taylor-Johnson is not a certain return either. Kristin Lowe will be back as an executive, and dream team Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will still be producing though, says the insider.

Surely Jamie and Dakota will be back as Christian and Anastasia? The two leads have already gained a huge following among FSOG fans, even before the first footage from the movie is released. It would be plain wrong to introduce another Ana and Christian for a second movie.

Dakota Johnson To Star in Forever Interrupted

Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson has lined up her next lit to screen project. Shes attached to star in a film adaptation of Forever, Interruptedthe debut novel by author Taylor Jenkins Reid about Elsie, a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and forges an unlikely relationship with her mother-in-law after her husband suddenly dies.

Gidden Medias Amy Baer (Last Vegas) is producer on the novel adaptation, which Johnson will also executive produce. Good Universes Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake are also exec producing with John Middleton and Roy Lee. Erin Westerman is overseeing for Good Universe.

Jenkins Reids novel was published last July by Atria Books and Resolutions Rich Green negotiated the book deal on behalf of P.S. Literarys Carly Watters while Peter Sample of Jackoway, Tyerman negotiated the book rights on behalf of Gidden Media and Good Universe.