Fifty Shades Darker ‘finds director’

House of Cards director James Foley looks set to helm the next Fifty Shades of Grey film – Fifty Shades Darker.

James Foley is apparently the frontrunner to direct Fifty Shades Darker.

According to reports, the House of Cards director looks set to helm the latest installment in the Fifty Shades of Grey story.

James is replacing Sam Taylor-Johnson in the position, after Sam infamously quit the franchise after failing to get on with Fifty Shades author E. L. James, who had a pivotal role in the production of the film.

James will also act as producer on the sequel, with her husband Niall Leonard penning the script for the film.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are expected to reprise their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively.

Production on Fifty Shades Darker will begin in 2016, with a tentative release date set for February 14, 2017.

News of James’ role comes after Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley spoke about the sequel, admitting it will be “more of a thriller” than its predecessor.

While the first film was stuffed full of raunchy sex scenes, the follow up will be taking it even further.

It was also recently reported that former Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel will be joining the cast for the upcoming film.

Alexis is apparently in talks to play Leila Williams – one of Christian’s former submissives – in the sequel.

Despite receiving a lackluster response from critics, Fifty Shades of Grey proved a hit at the worldwide box office.

And it is expected that the next installment in the tale will prove just as successful.

The story will be concluded by Fifty Shades Freed, due for release in 2018.

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