Beyonce plays a surprising role in the new Fifty Shades of Grey teaser trailer that was recently leaked online.
Even though she is not playing a lead role in this film, you can still hear a snippet of a slowed down and somewhat sexual version of her debut solo single, "Crazy in Love," towards the very end of the trailer. To add even more speculation and rumors to the situation, the teaser trailer was released directly through her official Instagram account.
Keep in mind that Beyonce is not producing the movie. She is not close friends or even acquaintances with the author of this popular erotica book series, E.L. James. As far as we know, Beyonce was not added to the cast of this movie - especially since the primary story line centers around two characters, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson). None of her songs were even featured on the song playlist featured throughout the content of the book.
Why, then, was Beyonce and her song used to promote this teaser trailer? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that she is having marital problems with Jay-Z, especially with all of the speculation, rumors and raw footage that has been leaked over the past several months in reference to their relationship.
When Beyonce released her surprise, self-titled album last year which was filled with sexually explicit and graphic songs (something that turned away many of her loyal fans), rumors of her need to overcompensate for an unhappy relationship started to emerge almost immediately.
Could the amount of support and promotion Beyonce offers to the highly-anticipated release of the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey have anything to do with that? Many fans of the book series have agreed that the concept and theme of Beyonce's song "Crazy in Love" flows perfectly with the dynamic relationship that builds between Christian and Anastasia. However, it still remains a mystery why Beyonce's Instagram profile and song played such a prominent role in the release of this teaser trailer.
The first full-length trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is being released on Thursday, July 24th. Perhaps more information about Beyonce and her involvement in this big-screen project will be revealed at that time. On the other hand, these questions about Beyonce might not be answered until the movie is released in theaters on February 13, 2015. Between now and then, anything can happen - including the downfall and dissolution of the scandal-filled marriage of Beyonce and Jay-Z.
What do you think? Is Beyonce just a really big fan of Fifty Shades of Grey? Did the movie studio simply want to use Beyonce and her mostly female Instagram following as a viral promotion strategy? Or, is there much more involved than you might think? Only time will tell.