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You might need to take a cold shower after watching the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.
NBC’s Today premiered the first look at the film adaptation of E.L. James‘ best-selling erotic novel Thursday. The movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, stars Northern Irishman Jamie Dornan as domineering billionaire Christian Grey and California girl Dakota Johnson as ingénue Anastasia Steele.
In addition to the two leads, the currently unrated flick stars Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk and Callum Keith Rennie.
Dornan, 32, and Johnson, 24, made a joint appearance on Today to promote the trailer’s unveiling.
Johnson admitted she was “a little” nervous to take on the role, saying, “We’ll see what they think.”
Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie mentioned that Dornan’s fans had specifically requested that he do the interview shirtless. “He has fans,” Johnson joked. “I have no fans.” Dornan deadpanned, “I could have done that if you’d ask me.” He added, “I would have thought about it. I would’ve considered it.”
What was it like getting naked and bringing the book’s explicit sex scenes to life? “It’s not like a romantic situation. It’s more, like, technical and choreographed,” Johnson explained. “It’s like more of a task.”
“Cheers,” Dornan said, pretending to be offended.
All jokes aside, it was important that Dornan establish chemistry with Johnson. “We got ourselves into situations that don’t feel too natural and are not that easy,” he said. “You need to have the trust there.
The titillating trailer shows Dornan’s Christina seducing Johnson’s Anastasia and introducing her to his red room of pain. The sneak peek also features an exclusive version of “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé.
“She’s a good friend of ours,” Dornan joked. He then admitted, “We don’t know her.”
Fifty Shades of Grey, which was originally slated to hit theaters in next month, premieres Feb. 14, 2015.
(E!, NBC, Universal Pictures and Focus Features are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)