'Fifty Shades Darker' Casts Kim Basinger as Christian Grey's Ex-Lover

by Zach Seemayer 5:59 PM PST, January 28, 2016
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Oscar winner Kim Basinger is joining the cast of Fifty Shades Darker.

In the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Basinger is set to play Elena Lincoln, the former business and sexual partner of the franchise's eponymous Christian Grey, Variety reports.

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Basinger is the first new cast member to sign on to the project. Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to reprise their roles as Grey and his lover, Anastasia Steele, respectively.

Fifty Shades author E.L. James seemingly confirmed the casting, tweeting, "Here you go :D."

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Universal is reportedly planning on shooting Fifty Shades Darker and the third installment in the franchise, Fifty Shades Freed, back to back.

Back in July, Henry Cavill responded to rumors he was joining the Fifty Shades sequel. Watch the video below to hear what the Batman v Superman star had to say in his ET interview.