ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

So recently fans of the long awaited and slow to get going Fifty Shades Darker received the exciting news that production had been set to begin this month in Vancouver, heralding finally some solid news of the production which had seemingly been bogged down in the dreaded swamps of development hell since things wrapped up on it's predecessor, Fifty Shades of Grey.

When the original Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson left the franchise after the perils of working with living nightmare E. L. James, it looked like the sequel to the box office success but critical failure might be in danger.

When James Foley (At Close Range, Glengarry Glen Ross) was confirmed to be on board to direct Fifty Shades Darker (a choice criticised by Forbes) it seemed like some of the bumps on the road may have been smoothed out. E. L. James' husband Niall Leonard also joins the crew, as he's penned the script for Fifty Shades Darker, so good luck James Foley I guess.

Godspeed Mr Foley
Godspeed Mr Foley

And recently new casting news has emerged, as legendary actress and model Kim Basinger has joined the cast as Elena Lincoln, aka Mrs. Robinson. In the novels Lincoln is the one who introduced a young (some might say too young) Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) to the world of "BDSM" (or at least the skewed version that plays out in the books). Now they're business partners which of course sends all kind of bugs up the ass of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

And she's not the only "antagonistic" force on board now, as Arielle Kebbel has also joined the cast as Gia Matteo - the gorgeous architect hired by Christian to build his home. Naturally Ana feels threatened by her, giving the nickname "Miss-Provocative-And-Unfortunately-Good-At-Her-Job" because everyone in these books is just awful.

This isn't creepy at aaaaall
This isn't creepy at aaaaall

And the most troublesome character of all - Leila Williams - has also been cast, with Dark Shadow's Bella Heathcote on board to play yet another female character who only exists to orbit around Grey and make Ana jealous and who is eventually punished for it. I'm not saying E. L. James is a one trick pony, but...

Finally we've got our official synopsis now, as taken from IMDB:

"While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her."

Neat.

Fifty Shades Darker is scheduled for a February 10, 2017 release, with Fifty Shades Freed arriving February 9, 2018.

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