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'50 Shades of Grey' hires a bodyguard

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Max Martini
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Max Martini, who starred in The Unit and recently appeared in Pacific Rim and Captain Phillips, will play Christian Grey’s bodyguard in Fifty Shades of Grey. Martini’s character, Jason Taylor, is described in the book as a “taciturn” ex-military guy who heads Grey’s security detail.

Jamie Dornan has been cast as Grey and Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele in director Sam Taylor-Johnson adaptation of E L James’ erotic thriller. Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, and Jennifer Ehle will also co-star. The film, which had its release date recently delayed to Feb. 13, 2015, will begin filming in Vancouver in December.

Martini will next appear in NBC’s upcoming midseason drama Crisis opposite Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney.