Fifty Shades of Grey: Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson Transform Into Christian Grey & Anastasia Steele

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson on the cover of Entertainment Weekly

Frank Ockenfels for Entertainment Weekly

11/13/2013 AT 9:40 AM ET

Oh, the ties that bind.

Production is ramping up on the highly anticipated movie version of the erotic literary saga Fifty Shades of Grey, and now eager fans can get a glimpse of the two actors who’ll go toe-to-toe (or rather, bondage-to-bondage) as its sexy, hot-and-heavy leads: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the two stars get into character as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele – with the help of a poor, unassuming silk tie.

“There was a slight fear,” Dornan, 31, tells the magazine about taking on the role of the kinky lothario. “But beyond anything else, I was really f–––ing excited.”

Apparently, filming the saga’s steamy sex scenes don’t faze him one bit. “I’m a fairly worldly guy, says Dornan, who took over the role of Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam dropped out in October. I grew up in a very liberal place. I m not saying we had a playroom, but I m not shocked by the sex in the book. It s essential to tell the story. I can t believe films that don t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.

For her part, Johnson, 24, was more concerned about making a splash au naturel.

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