2017's biggest, most anticipated, and sexiest movie now has a trailer.
2015 had one movie that absolutely, positively, without a doubt needed a sequel, and that movie was Fifty Shades of Grey. After ending on such a heart-stopping cliffhanger, we needed to see the further adventures of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. After its director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, left the production, and questions about whether star Jamie Dornan, who plays Mr. Grey, would return arose, there was a chance that - in a move that would shock the world - we wouldn't get the sequel we all deserve.
But that's all been rectified. Dornan is back. Dakota Johnson is returning. The studio hired James Foley, who directed classic stalker thrillers like Perfect Stranger and Fear, so you know it's going to be good. After all, about 25% of the Fifty Shades series is just Christian stalking Anastasia, right? So you want someone who knows how to do that.
Of course, the rest of the series banks on its - ahem - intimate scenes. While the new trailer is a green-band one, meaning it's "approved for all audiences," if the first film is anything to go by, the sequel will have lots and lots of sex and nudity. Oh, and it promises "no rules," because even Fifty Shades Darker adheres to the "bigger is better" school of sequelmaking.
I don't know anything about the plot - apart from the stalking and sex, and what else is there, really? - but the trailer promises Eyes Wide Shut masks, lots of staring, and a couple of new characters, one of whom appears to be a former playmate of Mr. Grey. And maybe a new love interest for Anastasia, because there is nothing the movies need more than love triangles - especially when they involve literally no love whatsoever.
Fifty Shades Darker hits theaters on February 10, 2017, which is just in time for Valentine's Day. It's scheduled to open against The LEGO Batman Movie and John Wick: Chapter Two, both of which clearly pale in comparison to the juggernaut that is the Fifty Shades franchise.