What are you doing next Valentine’s Day? Fancy a romantic trip to the cinema with Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele (I just realised that Steele is also a shade of grey – layers!)? Well, the literary might of E. L. James’ erotic trilogy is about the deliver the second big screen outing for Ana and Chris, with a brave new world ahead of them in Fifty Shades Darker.

Turning the tables on their relationship Dakota Johnson’s Ana attempts to move on from her relationship with the troubled, abusive Grey (The Fall’s Jamie Dornan). However it’s not as easy as expected with the tight-trousered spectre of Grey hanging in the air. The past extends a tight grip over the future of these two love birds, and with further complications in the form of Kim Basinger who has been cast as Elena Lincoln, Grey’s business partner and (naturally) former lover.

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Another new addition is Bella Heathcote, recently seen in the wonderfully absurd Hollywood fairy tale The Neon Demon, joins the cast as Leila Williams, another of Grey’s old flames.

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Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood will not be returning to the director’s chair. Instead Glengarry Glen Ross director James Foley directs Niall Leonard’s adaptation of James’ second book. Foley will also be returning for Fifty Shades Freed, the final book in the trilogy.

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Fifty Shades Darker Synopsis

When a wounded Christian tries to entice a cautious Ana back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together

50 Shades Darker is directed by James Foley and is currently set to be released on February 10th, 2017.