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Rita Ora Joins 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Cast

She'll play Christian Grey's adopted sister, Mia

Rita Ora
Dave Hogan/MTV 2013
December 2, 2013 8:10 PM ET

The Fifty Shades of Grey cast just got a glamorous new recruit: British singer-songwriter Rita Ora has signed on to play Mia, the adopted sister of main character Christian Grey, Variety reports. The movie started filming this week.

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The adaptation of E L James' bestselling book is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and Ora joins a well-rounded cast that currently includes Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumord and Jennifer Ehle.

No matter who else signs on for the project (or what kind of critical reception it earns), odds are it's going to be a major smash at the box office. Including both print and e-book versions, the Grey book trilogy (which also includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed) has sold over 90 million copies. The film is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Ora (a finalist in Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock contest) released her debut album, the platinum-selling Ora, last year. This year, she's mainly been performing at festivals and is currently laying the ground work for her second album. 

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