8 Things to Know about 50 Shades Darker

07 February 2017
Learn more about the second movie in the 50 Shades trilogy.
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It’s the month of love and M-Net Movies Night Out is starting this romantic time of year with a screening of 50 Shades Darker. If you’re joining us, or are simply a huge fan of the franchise, here are a few things you need to know about the film (in case you don’t already).

  1. It’s based on the second novel of E.L. James’ 50 Shades trilogy. If you don’t know that, you’re probably not a fan.
  2. The second film picks up where the first one left off.
  3. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are obviously back as Christian and Ana. Other returning characters include Marcia Gay Harden as Christian’s mother, Grace, and Victor Rasuk as Ana’s friend José.
  4. New cast members include Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln (a former business partner and lover of Christian’s), as well as horror star Bella Heathcote and The Knick star Eric Johnson.
  5. The soundtrack features duets by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik, as well as one by Nicki Manaj and Nick Jonas; also listen out for a song by John Legend.
  6. The screenwriter is Niall Leonard, who just happens to be E.L. James’ husband. The script for the first film was written by Kelly Marcel.
  7. There’s also a new director attached: James Foley, who directed Glengarry Glen Ross. He’s also directed episodes of Twin Peaks, Hannibal, House of Cards, and Billions.
  8. The film was shot in Vancouver and Paris (the city of love!).

Missed out this month? March’s M-Net Movies Night Out is already open! Click here to enter and you could be joining us for Kong: Skull Island.