Production starts on Fifty Shades

Salisbury Journal: Jamie Dornan is playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades film Jamie Dornan is playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades film

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have started shooting the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

The actors - who play kinky billionaire Christian Grey and student Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of EL James' steamy novel - are working on the eagerly anticipated project in Vancouver.

Author James posted a picture of a film slate on Instagram with the word "Action" to mark the start of production. Producer Dana Brunetti re-tweeted the image, adding: "And we're off."

A photo on E! News gives fans their first look at Jamie as Christian, showing him on set in a grey suit jacket.

The film - which is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson - will be released in 2015, and there have been reports that there might actually be two versions, a toned down movie and one that is more explicit.

Brunetti recently told Collider that while the movie is likely to be R rated in the US (which means people under 17 can see it with an accompanying adult), there could also be an NC-17 version, which bars anyone under 17.

He said: " It'll be R, obviously it has to be R. This is just my opinion and this doesn't mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later. So everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. It'd be great for the studio too because they'd get a double dip on the box office...

"What we're kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book]. We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want."

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