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Kim Basinger to star in ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ as Christian Grey’s ex-lover

The search is on for actors for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequels, which will shoot back-to-back later this year. But one key role has already found its star: Kim Basinger has signed to co-star in “Fifty Shades Darker” as Elena Lincoln, who is an older woman and key figure in the series.

The “Fifty Shades” series centers around a sexually inexperienced woman and a wealthy businessman who prefers sadomasochistic sex. While the first installment concluded with the pair splitting up, the relationship continues and evolves over the course of the next two volumes. Basinger’s character first appears in the plot of “Fifty Shades Darker.”