Is the’Fifty Shades’ franchise teflon that can’t be touched? “Fifty Shades Of Grey” was roasted by critics (for the most part), but the film made $571 million worldwide (the 5th highest R-Rated movie of all time). At the same time, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” burned through its domestic gross in the first two weeks with a massive drop in week two (73%). Will audiences stick around for episode two, “Fifty Shades Darker”? Well, despite their utter lack of chemistry, there appears to be hardcore followers and fans around Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Here’s the synopsis:

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele 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.

Joining the Dornan and Johnson for the sequel is Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson from “The Knick.” Returning cast members include Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini.

There’s some cause to celebrate because James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”) is the director — he’s been on the comeback trail on TV and he’s finally out of director’s jail ready to make some noise with this controversial film. “Fifty Shades Darker” opens on February, 10, 2017. Watch the trailer above on the image or simply here below.

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