Everything you need to know about 'Fifty Shades Darker'
Ready or not, more Fifty Shades is coming our way.
Two years after the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey took over the box office the next installment in the NSFW trilogy is hitting theaters, bringing Anastasia, Christian and the Red Room of Pain back into our lives. Here's everything you need to know about the sultry sequel, if you're thinking of seeing it or trying to avoid awkward conversations with your parents.
When Does It Open?
Like Fifty Shades of Grey, the film hits theaters Valentine's Day weekend, with preview screenings starting Thursday, Feb. 9 in select theaters. The film opens nationwide on Friday, Feb. 10. Hollywood will roll out the red carpet for a premiere of the film on Thursday, Feb. 2. You can see all the action on USA TODAY's Instagram Stories (@usatoday) and follow our reporters Carly Mallenbaum (@thatgirlcarly) and Andrea Mandell (@andreamandell) on Twitter for live updates from the red carpet.
Who's In It?
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are reprising their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Several supporting characters from the first film are back, including Marcia Gay Harden as Christian's mother and Victor Rasuk as Ana's friend José.
There are several new characters that will make an appearance, including Kim Basinger as Christian's ex Elena (who introduced him to BDSM), Bella Heathcote as his more recent ex, Leila, and Eric Johnson as Ana's new boss, Jack Hyde.
What's It About?
Based on the second novel in author E.L. James' trilogy, the movie will pick up where the first ended, with Ana and Christian apart. As they reconcile and try to make their, er, unconventional relationship work, Christian's exes and Anastasia's boss start making things difficult. Same sex, but now with more intrigue! You can see the "darker" approach in the trailers and clips released so far (these are all, obviously NSFW).
Will The Soundtrack Be Any Good?
All signs point to yes! The first film scored an Oscar nomination for The Weeknd's Earned It, and included tracks from Ellie Goulding and more. This time around the film has recruited heavy-hitters Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik for a track (I Don't Wanna Live Forever)and the full soundtrack will feature Halsey, John Legend, Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas.