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Max Martini to Play Christian Grey's Bodyguard in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Justin Kroll

Variety

5:30 PM EST, November 26, 2013

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"Captain Phillips" thesp Max Martini goes from saving Tom Hanks to keeping a close eye on Jamie Dornan, as he is in negotiations to play Christian Grey's bodyguard in Universal and Focus' "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Jennifer Ehle are also on board with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing.

Based on the bestselling book "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E L James, the movie follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Grey and college student Steele. The subsequent novels in the series are "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed."

The trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the "Fifty Shades" trilogy has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing. Kelly Marcel penned the script.

Shooting begins in early December.

The ICM Partners repped-Martini has made a splash this year as not only the leader of the Navy Seal team in "Captain Phillips" but as one of the main leads in Legendary's "Pacific Rim."

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