Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey are back in the highly anticipated sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens in theaters on Feb. 10

By Alexis L. Loinaz
October 05, 2016 02:19 PM

Welcome to the Darker side.

The first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, dropped Tuesday, and tempestuous lovers Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey are back – and ready to whip up some S&M-fueled drama.

Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, the sequel, based on E.L. James’ hit literary series, picks up after Anastasia leaves Christian, and features intriguing new characters (see: Christian’s mysterious sexual mentor, played by Kim Basinger) and centerpieces (a sexy masquerade ball).

Fifty Shades Darker

“I want you back,” Christian says in the trailer. “I had no idea what this was gonna become.”

“I don’t see how this can work,” Anastasia replies, as the trailer unspools to lush scenes from the masquerade ball and shows snippets of the two getting hot and heavy in a shower and cozying up on a sailboat – even as dark characters from Christian’s past resurface.

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Fans got a sneak peek of that masquerade ball on Monday, when the film released a brief teaser revealing Anastasia’s ornate mask, as well as its official poster, which showed Christian standing behind his masked lady as she peers into the camera.

Fifty Shades Darker turns up the heat in theaters starting Feb. 10, 2017. The final installment in the saga, Fifty Shades Freed, arrives a year later, on Feb. 9, 2018.