If you’ve read the Fifty Shades franchise, then casting for the movies might not have been what you had envisioned. Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey? Probably not your first choice, though maybe you weren’t a fan of director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s initial pick, Charlie Hunnam, either. And while Dakota Johnson seemed like a poor choice, what she did in Fifty Shades of Grey likely won you over (well, as much as a character like Anastasia Grey could).
But the newest cast member of the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, has been found — and we think you’re going to likey.
The key role of Elena Lincoln could’ve been a tough one to cast. They needed someone who viewers, and readers, could buy as Christian’s mom’s friend as well as Christian’s former lover-turned-business partner. The actress would need to be sexy and confident and, more importantly, someone who Anastasia would find a viable threat.
So who better to play the sexy and confident anatagonist for Ana than the sexy and confident Kim Basinger?
Basinger, 62, who co-starred in 2013’s Grudge Match with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone and just wrapped up the upcoming The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, is the perfect pick, non? Anyone who’s seen 9 1/2 Weeks or L.A. Confidential knows she’s got what it takes. Though we can’t quite picture her with a sleek bob just yet.