Anastasia Steele is about to get some hefty competition for Christian Grey's full attention. We have just received a casting announcement that Oscar-winner Kim Basinger has been cast as Grey's business partner and former dominant lover, Elena Lincoln.
Elena is often referred to by Ana as "Mrs. Robinson" due to her BDSM dominance and sexual involvement with Christian when he was a minor. She is described as tall, blonde, and very attractive, so they definitely have chosen an actress that fits the description of this woman. Kim Basinger has defeated desired fan casting that included actresses from Charlize Theron to Cate Blanchett. Elena was hinted at in the first film and is a fairly big part of the second and third books, so I highly doubt they will make her a minor character in the movies.
Kim Basinger is no stranger to sexually charged films. Fifty Shades has often been compared to the 1986 film, 9 1/2 Weeks; the film that Basinger starred in alongside Mickey Rourke. She has also taken home an Academy Award for her role in the 1997 film, L.A. Confidential and starred in films such as 8 Mile, Batman, and Never Say Never Again. Basinger is the first new casting announcement for the next two installments of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are both confirmed to be returning for the sequels as are supporting actors Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, and Luke Grimes. Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are set to begin filming back-to-back this year for 2017 and 2018 releases.