Yes, we know Vancouver can provide 50 shades of grey in the course of an afternoon, but that can't be the only reason the movie version of E.L. James' novel is headed to town.
The production is set to begin on Nov. 5 at Vancouver's North Shore Studios, Production Weekly tweeted out on Wednesday.
Sadly, Vancouverites will not be treated to the sight of Ryan Gosling hanging out around the city's bars and restaurants: the heartthrob was apparently the producers' top choice for the role of the sexy sadist Christian Grey, but he turned them down.
Instead, Charlie Hunnam will take the lead opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the sexually-inexperienced student he becomes obsessed with.
Johnson (23) is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and has been seen in small roles in "The Social Network" and "21 Jump Street."
Hunnam (33) is a Brit and starred in this summer's robot-monster battle "Pacific Rim." British artist-turned-director, Sam Taylor-Johnson will helm.
News of the Vancouver-based production came just days after it was announced "World Of Warcraft" would also shoot in the city.
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