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With less than a year to go until the already controversial Fifty Shades Darker slinks onto our screens, gossip is already heating up about the erotic film. Honestly, most of it is unfounded. The rumor mill has been churning out stories about supposed problems on set for months, and yet all the evidence seems to suggest the film is going just as smoothly as you'd expect from a Hollywood blockbuster. So take whatever you read with a pinch of salt.

As far as the plot is concerned, we've heard some really exciting things about Darker.

Ana and Christian have a lot to deal with in Darker
Ana and Christian have a lot to deal with in Darker

While Fifty Shades of Grey was primarily a romantic film (although your definition of romance may differ from the emotional manipulation, tepid sex, and borderline stalking we saw in 50 Shades), the sequel is taking a turn for the darker.

From Thrilling Sex To Erotic Thriller

Dakota Johnson has already offered her thoughts on the matter, explaining that there's something of a genre shift in Darker:

"The story is sort of like a thriller now, and it gets kind of scary... it's awesome. [The sex scenes] involve a lot of specific movement, choreography, which is really interesting to me... It doesn't ever get easy. It's not like I'm like, 'Let's do this!'"

In the first film, the only villains Ana and Christian had to face were a bunch of thugs and their own crippling emotional problems.

"Like normal people?"
"Like normal people?"

Darker is another matter. With not one, but two of Christian's ex-lovers storming back into his life, plus a sexy architect fixing up his apartment — Ana has plenty of rivals for Christian's affection.

At least she's got witty wordplay as a defense against them: Ana calls the architect "Miss-Provocative-and-unfortunately-good-at-her-job" which is less of a catty nickname and more just a long winded description, but hey. She's probably a bit preoccupied, what with her inner goddess weeping over the lack of Christian's constant attention. But if you think that Christian's just sitting pretty with all these ladies fawning over him, think again!

Rivals & Stalkers & Psychopaths, Oh My!

Not only is it fairly traumatic to see his first lover again (Elena Lincoln was at least ten years his senior when she seduced the 15-year-old Christian), he also has to deal with his nemesis, Jack Hyde. The rival businessman, played by Eric Johnson, has his sights set on Ana (naturally).

Jack Hyde's got his eye on Ana.
Jack Hyde's got his eye on Ana.

Maybe Ana could move on from Christian's emotionally exhausting affections to a new beau? Probably not, considering Jack Hyde attempts to kill Christian later on, sabotaging his helicopter. Why can't Ana just attract nice, normal men who don't have megalomaniacal inclinations? Well, she just might with Boyce Fox officially cast (Tyler Hoechelin, of Teen Wolf fame), and it looks like the Darker movie might be going off-book, as Boyce isn't even mentioned until Fifty Shades Freed. Intriguing.

Christian's most recent ex-girlfriend, Leila Williams, is also primed to wreck all kinds of havoc. Fresh from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Bella Heathcote is portraying Christian's unhinged ex. And she's definitely looking more zombie than lady in the latest set photos.

Bella Heathcote is almost unrecognizable as Leila.
Bella Heathcote is almost unrecognizable as Leila.

In the books Leila was pretty handy with a knife, slashing everything from Ana's tyres to her own wrists. Leila also gave Christian a run for his stalking money, breaking into Ana's apartment and threatening her with a gun:

"Holy f*ck. She's here, gazing at me with an unnerving expression, holding a gun."

But fear not! Christian swoops in to diffuse the situation, saving the day with his powers of sexual domination. (No, really.)

Overall, Fifty Shades Darker is stuffed full of villains, with Ana and Christian facing threats from pretty much everyone they encounter. Moving on from just the romance of the plot is probably a good idea, as there's nothing more delicious than watching two people with communication issues try to deal with distinctly sociopathic antagonists. Roll on 2017!

'Fifty Shades Darker' will be released on February 10th, 2017. What would you like to see happen in the movie? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Access Hollywood]

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