L.A. Confidential actress and Oscar winner Kim Basinger has been cast to play the role of Elena Lincoln in the upcoming film Fifty Shades Darker.
Elena Lincoln is described in the Fifty Shades trilogy as an older, attractive woman, and is also the former lover of Christian Grey, having taught him everything he knows about BDSM. Anastasia, Christian’s latest submissive, shows a great deal of anger towards the older woman, who she mockingly refers to as “Mrs. Robinson”.
It has been reported that the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey will be more like a thriller in tone, which is fitting given the darker plot of the second book by E.L. James. While a director hasn’t been locked in just yet, reports have mentioned House of Cards director James Foley as a frontrunner.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will be returning for the sequel as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively, along with Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Max Martini.
Fifty Shades Darker is slated for release on February 10, 2017, and will be shot back to back with the third novel’s adaptation Fifty Shades Freed.