'Fifty Shades Darker' : Five Things You Need to Know About the Sexy Sequel

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, in Fifty Shades Darker


We’re headed back to The Escala.

The first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the follow-up to 2015’s erotic big screen drama Fifty Shades of Grey, has arrived, and fans are already in a tizzy.

Though the short teaser left much to the imagination, we’re already a little clued in on what to expect when Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, next year.

Here’s what we know so far.

1. There’s love – and danger
In Darker, which is based on the second book by E.L. James, Anastasia and Christian grapple with how to make their relationship work – and if Mr. Grey can handle “more.”

Meanwhile, Ana begins working at Seattle Independent Publishing for the borderline-creepy Jack Hyde while one of Christian’s past-girlfriend’s begins to stalk her.

Further, she finally meets the mysterious Mrs. Robinson – Elena Lincoln – who is dead-set on destroying her former submissive’s new relationship.

2. Some of the new cast have a kinky on-screen past

Kim Basinger‘s turn as Christian’s business partner Elena isn’t her first time dealing with risque material on film.

Basinger, now 62, starred in the erotic drama 9½ Weeks in 1986 alongside Mickey Rourke.

The film follows the – you guessed it – 9½-week provocative relationship between a Wall Street honcho and a divorcee. The pair’s intense physical interactions increasingly lead to brushes with real-life danger.

3. The other new additions include some A-listers
Basinger isn’t the only big star rounding out Darker‘s expanding cast of characters.

There’s a little Teen Wolf crossover with Tyler Hoechlin stepping in as author Boyce Fox. Australian actress Bella Heathcote is also in the cast as the down-and-out former submissive Leila.

The Knick‘s Eric Johnson stars as Ana’s boss Jack, and lovable Brit Hugh Dancy becomes Christian’s psychiatrist Dr. John Flynn.

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4. Expect some “crazy” good new music

If the trailer is any indication, the Darker soundtrack will include some of 2017’s hottest singles.

Much like the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer’s backing track, the new teaser features a cover of Beyoncé classic “Crazy in Love.” This time, the slowed-down version is performed by R&B sensation Miguel.

While no other songs from the upcoming movie’s soundtrack have been revealed, it’s safe to assume they’ll match the assembled tuneage from Christian and Ana’s first outing. The Weeknd shot to fame with “Earned It,” a feature on the album that nabbed him a Best Original song nomination at the Oscars, and Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me Like You Do” helped her snag recognition at the Grammys.

5. There might be more of the “Dornan D”

While Johnson stripped down in Fifty Shades of Grey, Dornan left a little more to the imagination. Audiences noticed – and so did Johnson!

The actress teased that Dornan might show more skin in Darker during a Watch What Happens Live appearance earlier this year, promising, “I’m going to make him get fully naked in the next one.”

She joked, “Everybody wants to see the D. The ‘Dornan D.’ ”

Fifty Shades Darker hits theaters on Feb. 10, 2017.

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