'Fifty Shades Darker' Has Cast Its Mrs. Robinson -- She's Perfect!

The wait is over. Fifty Shades Darker has cast Kim Basinger in the role of Christian Grey's former lover Elena Lincoln, aka Mrs. Robinson, and she couldn't be more perfect.


For those of you youngins who have never heard of Kim, or who only know her as Ireland Baldwin's gorgeous blonde mom, the Academy Award-winning actress was the hottest thing on the planet throughout the '80s and '90s. Hollywood has a bad habit of casting 40-year-old women to play the "older woman" beside her 30-year-old male costar -- it's an egregious insult to women everywhere and, frankly, is becoming rather boring to watch. That's just one of the reasons why we should applaud the casting of Kim, who is 62 -- and perfectly believable in the role.

She's obviously still stunning, but even more importantly, the role of Elena requires a mature woman who is confident in her sexuality, but also predatory in her nature -- if you recall, she took advantage of Jamie Dornan's Christian when he was very young and introduced him to the BDSM lifestyle. Kim has the sophistication required to contrast wildly with Dakota Johnson's innocent Anastasia Steele, who is going to be shaking in her boots when she meets her Elena. How fun!

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With 53 film credits to her name; an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for L.A. Confidential; and star turns as a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again and Vicki Vale in Batman, Kim has the talent to back up her looks and will bring a lot to EL James's on-screen sequel.

And if you still aren't convinced that she's the right woman for the job, do yourself a favor and download the '80s erotic drama 9 1/2 Weeks. Case closed -- a brilliant casting choice!


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