Despite a critical mauling, Fifty Shades Of Grey ended up being one of the 10 highest grossing movies of 2015 and there are plenty of people out there who can’t wait for the sequels. Anyone who’s read the books will know that there is a major character who doesn’t appear in the first novel, but looms large over the sequels – Elena Lincoln.
Variety reports that Fifty Shades Darker has now found its Elena, as Kim Basinger is in talks for the role. The part is a key one, as Elena is Christian Grey’s business partner and his former lover, who may not be completely over their Red Room romance and isn’t impressed when Christian and Anna begin to grow closer. Her actions becoming increasingly important as the films go on.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are both due to return as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, with Luke Grimes as Elliott Grey, Eloise Mumford as Kate, and Max Martini as Taylor. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has left the franchise behind, with James Foley taking over the role. Both Fifty Shades Darker and the third film, Fifty Shades Freed will shoot this year for release in February 2017 and 2018.