Pop Culture

Kim Basinger set to get 'Fifty Shades Darker' in movie sequel

If ever there was a movie franchise Kim Basinger seemed destined to join, it's "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The Oscar-winning actress, who came to prominence in the 1980s in the sultry, provocative "9 1/2 Weeks" is now bound to the "Grey" sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker," reports Variety.

Getty images file
Kim Basinger and Jamie Dornan will probably get some serious face time in "Fifty Shades Darker."

She's slated to play Elena Lincoln, a former business partner and lover of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) who was briefly hinted at in the first film.

Author E L James, whose books inspired the franchise, also tweeted the news:

Lincoln (like Basinger, who is 62) is also somewhat older than the 27-year-old Grey (Dornan is 33).

MORE: '9 1/2 Weeks' stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger together again

Dakota Johnson, who plays Christian's current amour Anastasia Steele, and Dornan will also reprise their roles. "Darker" has also signed on a new director; James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross," "House of Cards") is taking over from Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Basinger has held a number of roles since her breakout in "Weeks," but that film's sexually-experimental relationship feels like a precursor in some ways to "Darker."

Everett Collection
Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in 1986's "9 1/2 Weeks."

MORE: Great cougar romances in movies

She's next up in "The Nice Guys" with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, a movie that opens in theaters on May 20. "Fifty Shades Darker" is currently scheduled for a February 10, 2017 release.

Closed Captioning
apply | reset x

Marlon Wayans on ‘Fifty Shades’ parody: My mom won’t see this one

Play Video - 3:34

Marlon Wayans on ‘Fifty Shades’ parody: My mom won’t see this one

Play Video - 3:34

More video

Follow Randee Dawn on Twitter.