Universal and Focus Features have unveiled the new, full-length trailer for the sequel Fifty Shades Darker. The second film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, based on the books by E.L. James, finds Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele dipping her toes back into the Christian Grey waters as the S&M-loving uber-hunk attempts to woo her affections once more. Complicating matters are a shadowy figure from Christian’s past and a new man in Anastasia’s life.
Aside from the shock-value “sex stuff in public places” aspect, this trailer is fairly benign and promises a far less interesting film than Fifty Shades of Grey. That movie, while working from some dreadful source material, had some promising aspects as director Sam Taylor-Johnson attempted to cut into something deeper than a messed up relationship, but tension between Taylor-Johnson and James led to the filmmaker departing the franchise as soon as possible.
Glengarry Glen Ross and House of Cards filmmaker James Foley takes the helm of Fifty Shades Darker, which was shot at the same time as the trilogy’s concluding installment, Fifty Shades Freed. The first film was a pretty massive worldwide hit at the box office, but it’ll be interesting to see if that was due mostly to curiosity—will all of those people return for the sequel, or is this franchise now hardcore fans only?
Check out the new Fifty Shades Darker trailer below along with a new poster and images. The film also stars Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger, and Marcia Gay Harden. Fifty Shades Darker opens in theaters on February 10, 2017.