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

The follow-up to the popular "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie has locked in its newest member.
/ Source: TODAY

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.

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

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).

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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."

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

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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.

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