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That actress? Kim Basinger.
Variety reports that the L.A. Confidential star will appear in the upcoming sequel Fifty Shades Darker as Elena, Christian’s business partner and ex. The casting is somewhat ingenious considering that Basinger herself made a professional splash early in her career with the 1986 erotic drama 9 ½ Weeks, which co-starred Mickey Rourke. In case you’ve forgotten about the controversial film, let this GIF serve as a reminder.
In Fifty Shades Darker, Elena earns the nickname “Mrs. Robinson” when Anastasia Steele—Christian’s more age-appropriate love interest, played by Dakota Johnson—learns that Elena seduced Christian when he was a teenager.
If the Fifty Shades Darker film, which is being written by James and her husband, Niall Leonard, is anything like the book, Basinger’s Elena will enjoy a juicy confrontation with Ana after Ana and Christian reach a new milestone in their relationship.
Earlier this week, Johnson teased the sequel to Access Hollywood, saying, “It’s sort of like a thriller, and gets kind of scary.” She also clarified that, just because she has a few sex scenes under her professional belt, does not mean she is any more comfortable jumping between the sheets for Fifty Shades Darker. “It is never comfortable to do scenes like that,” Johnson said, “because it’s not in a private nor intimate environment and in that specific case, it’s a lot of choreographed movement.”
Fifty Shades Darker is set to begin filming this spring, under the direction of James Foley, before its theatrical release—February 10, 2017.
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