Kim Basinger Joins Fifty Shades Darker

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Kim Basinger has joined the Fifty Shades Darker cast.

Kim Basinger will play Elena Lincoln in the upcoming sequel, Fifty Shades Darker

Academy Award winner Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel to Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades Darker. Variety has the news, reporting that Kim Basinger will play the novel’s Elena Lincoln. Also known as “Mrs. Robinson,” Lincoln is, in the E L James novels, both a business partner and former lover of Christian Grey’s. It is her character who introduced Grey to the world of BDSM.

An erotically charged romance, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has capitalized on it’s naughty-but-not-too-naughty aesthetic to the tune of almost $570 million worldwide and counting. On-set conflict between author E L James and the first film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, however, led to Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opting not return for the sequel. James Foley will instead direct Fifty Shades Darker, which will be penned by E L James’ husband, Niall Leonard.

Kim Basinger can next be seen starring opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Shane Black’s 1970s noir detective comedy, The Nice Guys. Look for it to hit theaters on May 20, 2016.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in both Fifty Shades Darker and a third film, Fifty Shades Freed. Expanding upon the events set in motion in Fifty Shades of Grey, the films will again aim to become the motion-picture events for Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the series, also return to produce.

What do you think of Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln? Was there anyone else you would have picked for the role? Let us know in the comments below!

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