Fifty Shades: It’s the greatest love story ever told. Well at least the greatest that involves some BDSM and has captured the imaginations of fully grown women. Now, for Fifty Shades Freed, the saga reaches its romantic climax with a wedding…and guns. Throw in a few car chases, and the teaser trailer for the third film in the series almost makes you forget that at the heart of the franchise is whips, chains and bondage. This one makes it look more like some sort of sexy spy thriller.
Last we checked in with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), the couple had finally decided to settle down and get engaged. Thus, Freed starts with their wedding, honeymoon, and Anastasia’s realization that she’s now a billionaire’s wife with access to a private jet and all the trapping of Christian’s privileged life. It’s all basically a standard fairy tail until the guns and car chases breakout.
Of course, don’t worry. There’s still some whips and toys and suggestive grabbing to behold in the trailer. This is Fifty Shades after all.
Fifty Shades Freed is set to debut on Valentine’s Day 2018, exactly a year after Fifty Shades Darker. The fast turnaround was possible because director James Foley filmed both installments simultaneously. Freed is also set to be the last film in the big screen trilogy (though the novels were a series of four books, the fourth was a retelling of events from Christian’s perspective). So, there’s still a lot of ground to cover before Anastasia and Grey edge towards the release of the big finish.
Supporting players Kim Basinger, Rita Ora and Marcia Gay Harden are all set to return. TV hunk Tyler Hoechlin is also set to make his Fifty Shades debut after having his scenes cut from the previous film.
Assuredly, the kinky books’ fans will show up to send the trilogy off. The last film made $378 million at the box office.
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Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson during Focus Features, NBC Universal Television Group and Universal Pictures Golden Globes After Party in 2006.
Dakota Johnson attends Art of Elysium “Bright Lights” with VERSUS by Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane at Milk Studios on April 30, 2010 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson arrives at 2011 MOCA Gala, An Artist’s Life Manifesto, Directed by Marina Abramovic at MOCA Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2011.
LDakota Johnson attends the “Goats” Los Angeles premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on August 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the Fox 2012 Programming Presentation Post-Show Party at Wollman Rink Central Park on May 14, 2012 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere ’21 Jumpstreet’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala in L.A.
Dakota Johnson arrives at the 26th Annual BAFTA LA Garden Party at the British Consul-General’s official residence on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the 2014 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Dakota Johnson attends the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles.
Dakota Johnson in New York after The Today Show
Dakota Johnson backstage after the Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture show in Paris.
Dakota Johnson arrive at the LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell And Alejandro G Inarritu, Presented By Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.
Dakota Johnson arrives at “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson attends the InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the official After Party Dinner for the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 14, 2016 in London, England.
Dakota Johnson attends at Vogue 100: A Century Of Style atNational Portrait Gallery on February 9, 2016 in London, England.
Dakota Johnson attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the “Bad Times At The El Royale” New York screening at Metrograph on September 27, 2018 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson attends the premiere of 20th Century FOX’s “Bad Times At The El Royale” at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends ‘Suspiria’ photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 1, 2018 in Venice, Italy.
Dakota Johnson walks the red carpet ahead of the ‘Suspiria’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2018 in Venice, Italy.
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