True to its name, Fifty Shades Darker might be set to go places where the first film in the erotic franchise did not. According to the first official trailer, the sequel is going to be a lot darker than the first and might include more uncut sex scenes between Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele).
The second film in the series is going to add a number of new characters, including Grey's ex-submissive partner, his ex-dominatrix, and Steele's villainous boss. These new characters are expected to give the movie more of a thriller feel than the first.
Mad Max star Charlize Theron is reportedly been approached to join the cast as Elena Lincoln, a.ka. Mrs. Robinson. Mrs. Robinson is the woman who introduced a teenage Christian to the world of BDSM, and his business dealings with her put a strain on his relationship with Anastasia.
Also rumored to be joining the cast are Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice star Henry Cavill as Anastasia's creepy boss Jack Hyde and supermodel Cara Develingne as Leila, Christian's former submissive who seems to be going through a mental breakdown.
None of the casting rumors have been confirmed, but look for casting updates over the next few weeks as the movie begins to film.
In addition to the new faces, Movie News Guide is reporting that the new film might include more uncut sex scenes. This news comes after Entertainment Tonight revealed that Dornan had been offered $1.5 million to appear in a full frontal scene despite not wanting to go fully nude in Fifty Shades of Grey.
"As a guy you put all your essentials in a little bag and you tie it up like a little bag of grapes and it's tucked away. It's a peculiar thing to do every day," Dornan stated.
Meanwhile, with a new director and writer for the coming movie, the second installment will likely see further changes beyond additional sex scenes. These adjustments might include a more focused look at the interactions between the characters and a sharpening of the dialog. Additionally, we're likely to get a better glimpse into Grey's past which might make the billionaire a little more relatable to the general audience.
Fifty Shades Darker is expected to be released February 9, 2017, with the third and final film in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed to follow in February 2018.
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