Everything we know so far about Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades of Grey's sequel has a release date, a new screenwriter - and is on the look-out for a new director - but what else do we know about the second steamy story in EL James' trilogy?

Two months after its big screen cinema release, Fifty Shades of Grey fever should be subsiding a little. Or, it would be if it wasn’t for the upcoming sequels…


If you loved Christian Grey’s first foray on to the big screen, the thought of two more films is probably enough to get your pulse racing – so it’s only fair we keep you up to date with all things Fifty. Here’s everything we know about Fifty Shades Darker… 

It’ll be in cinemas February 2017

Fifty Shades Darker isn’t quite being released on Valentine’s Day, but, on 11th Feb, it’s pretty close. Clearly the loved-up market worked for the first film, which topped box offices around the world. Universal have also revealed that Fifty Shades Freed will hit the big screens on 9th February 2018. So that’s your Valentine’s date plans sorted for the next few years. And you’ve even got plenty of time to persuade your reluctant other half… 

We have a new screenwriter

After screenwriter Kelly Marcel declined to return, Fifty Shades Darker has become something of a family affair (however wrong that sounds…) with Mr Fifty Shades signing up to adapt the screenplay. EL James’s husband – real name: Niall Leonard – will be penning the second film in the franchise.

He is qualified for the role – he’s an author and script writer himself, who has worked on series including Wild at Heart and Monarch of the Glen – but it feels mighty convenient for James, who was rumoured to be more than a little possessive over the first film’s script. There were even reports that she planned to pen Darker herself. 

Sam Taylor-Johnson has quit the franchise

It would seem one turn in the red room was enough for Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson. She’s hanging up her riding crop and won’t be returning for the film’s sequel(s). It seems likely her decision was down to her tricky relationship with the book’s author (see above) but Taylor-Johnson tactfully made no reference to her in her farewell statement, saying: “directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful.”

No one is lined up to replace her just yet. Universal best get onto their HR department. Wanted: Director who doesn’t blush easily and can be creative with cable ties. 

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson WILL be returning

Don’t you fret, Fifty Shades fans, your film’s stars will be reprising their roles as domineering businessman Christian Grey and (now, not-so) innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele. The two leads are reportedly contracted for all three movies, so you will be seeing a whole lot more of Dornan’s chest and Johnson’s lip biting. 

The rest of the cast, including Rita Ora, are also expected to return.

Rumours are hotting up about new cast members

Cara Delevingne, Charlize Theron, Rose McGowan, Katie Holmes? All these names, and more, are doing the rounds on rumour sites, with the second film set to cast new faces in the role of Elena Lincoln and Christian’s former submissive Leila Williams. We, however, will only believe it when we see it (/when Universal confirm it.)

You’ll first your first glimpse soon

It might be almost TWO WHOLE YEARS until Christian and his silky ties stride back into cinemas, but fans will get a tease of the upcoming sequel later this year when Fifty Shades of Grey is released on DVD. There will be a – presumably incredibly brief – teaser among the added extras. It’s available in the UK from 8th June – and, yes, it’s okay to put that in your diary. 


We’ll update you when we know more…

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