It’s strange to think that Fifty Shades of Grey came out less than a year ago. For such a buzzed-about phenomenon, and despite being a box office hit, it seems to have lost all its heat and cultural relevance. And yet, there are two more movies where that came from, and today brings news that Kim Basinger is in final negotiations to join the sequel Fifty Shades Darker.
Variety reports that Basinger is circling the role of Elena Lincoln, a.k.a. Mrs. Robinson, Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) business partner and former lover. The character, who is referred to briefly in the first film, is a point of contention between Christian and Dakota Johnson‘s Anastasia because Elena introduced him to the BDSM lifestyle when he was only a teenager – a relationship that the two view very differently.
As an actress, Basinger definitely has the commanding presence to pull of a cutthroat businesswoman and sexual dominant. She’s a surprising but good pick for the role. Basinger’s career famously skyrocketed after her role in the erotic thriller 9½ Weeks, so her inclusion in the film, which has been teased as a darker, thrill-oriented movie, is a nice callback. Basinger will next be seen in Shane Black‘s noir comedy The Nice Guys alongside Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.
After on-set tension with author E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opted not to return for the sequel. Instead, Fifty Shades Darker and the final film, Fifty Shades Freed, will shoot back to back with Glengarry Glen Ross and House of Cards director James Foley at the helm. Foley will direct from a script by James’ husband Niall Leonard (Wire in the Blood). Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will also return alongside James to produce.