Less than a month before the middle installment of the "Fifty Shades" film franchise hit the silver screen, "Fifty Shades Darker" has already been generating record-breaking buzz proving its fandom's prowess.
The Universal Pictures project has topped social media engagements last week with a whopping 152,000 new conversations according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service, Variety reports. Much of the interest is fueled by the release of the extended trailer followed by the soundtrack listing that has A-list singers like Taylor Swift, Zayn, John Legend and Sia contributing.
"Darker," much like its novel source by E.L. James, with the same name will be diving deep into Christian's (Jamie Dornan) convoluted past and how this might jeopardize the future that she wants with Ana (Dakota Johnson). This brings new characters such as the billionaire's old sub, Leila (Bella Heathcote), Ana's new boss, Jack (Eric Johnson), and the introduction of Elena Lincoln also known as Mrs. Robinson (Kim Basinger).
The fan craze that the "Fifty Shades" lore has garnered in the years since the books were first published is rooted in the love story with a twist, and its bold narration of the bondage and discipline, dominance and submission (BDSM) lifestyle has also shared part of the spotlight. Regardless of how it is done, the novels opened up a portal where people can be more comfortable in talking about their sexual preferences. However, Dornan, whose on-screen counterpart very much enjoys the scene reveals that in reality, it really does not interest him at all.
"It doesn't float my boat," the Irish model turned actor told GQ Australia (via Entertainment Tonight) as he donned the cover of the magazine's February issue. "I've always been open-minded and liberal â€” I'd never judge anyone's sexual preference. Whatever gets people off is entirely up to them and there's a million different ways to please yourself, sexually."
Dornan even further drives the point by saying that in the real world, he does not think he will be rubbing elbows with the enigmatic Christian Grey. "He's not the sort of bloke I'd get along with," the 34-year-old actor candidly said. "All my mates are easy going and quick to laugh â€” I wouldn't imagine myself sat in a pub with him. I don't think he would be my type, when it comes to choosing mates."
"Fifty Shades Darker" is set to hit the theaters Feb. 10.