Kim Basinger Set to Play Christian Grey’s Former Lover in ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

By January 28, 2016

Stop the presses! We have some casting news about the sequel to 2015’s successful S & M drama, Fifty Shades of Grey. And to come clean, I have never seen Fifty Shades of Grey nor do I know if it’s the 50th entry in a movie about color pallets.  I just report the news.

And report I will; according to an exclusive from Variety, Kim Basinger is set to play the key role of Elena Lincoln, Christian Grey’s former lover from the E.L James novel, Fifty Shades Darker.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning to reprise their roles of Anastasia Steele and Grey, respectively, with James Foley taking over directing reigns with Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini also returning to the cast, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing along with James and Marcus Viscidi. Niall Leonard and James are penning the script.

Okay, so I poked fun at the movie up top – and I admit I haven’t seen the movie in question, but I do admire the filmmakers going after Basinger. It’s sort of a perfect character for her; a character that seems to be a spiritual continuation from the one she played in  9 ½ Weeks; the role that made her a star. I suppose this casting is something the Fifty Shades faithful would call “perfect casting.”

The original movie cleaned up at the box office, adding to a massive haul that helped Universal Pictures to all time heights in box office receipts; with the help of Fast 7 and Jurassic World. Because the movie did so well, critical reviews aside, and because of a huge following with the books, I have no doubt this new movie, along with it’s third movie, Fifty Shades Freed (that is hooting back to back) the addition of Basinger will go a long way with fans of the series.

Not much in the way of news for Darker, production will be gearing up soon to hit the 2017 release date. And since they are shooting back to back films, I imagine we’ll be getting more news as soon as more deals are set.

I’m sure I am not alone in this but… who saw the Fifty Shades of Grey movie and…. did you like it? Does the addition of Kim Basinger elevate the movie in your eyes?

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