True love can never truly be broken, even when both people are contending with lingering wounds. Soulmates Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the main characters in the hit ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series, are determined to find stability once again. Their journey to rebuild their fragmented trust is showcased in the first official trailer for the anticipated romantic drama, ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ which debuted online this morning.

The trailer for the follow-up to 2015’s successful film adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ features a cover of the song ‘Crazy in Love,’ as performed by Miguel. BeyoncĂ© recorded a new version of her two-time Grammy Award-winning 2003 song for the official trailer for the franchise’s initial entry.

‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ the second movie based on the worldwide bestselling ‘Fifty Shades’ phenomenon, expands upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster movie that grossed more than $560 million globally. The follow-up showcases a wounded Christian Grey as he 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, as they’re determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.

In addition to Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, who star as Ana and Christian, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ also features such returning franchise actors as Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini. Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote, Tyler Hoechlin and Eric Johnson are making their first appearances in the franchise with their new roles in the sequel.

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ was directed by ‘Fear’ and ‘House of Cards’ helmer, James Foley. Like its predecessor, the drama is produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E.L. James, the author of the book series. The screenplay was written by Niall Leonard. The sequel will be distributed into theaters on February 10, 2017 by Universal Pictures.

For more information on the sequel, visit its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest pages. Watch the first official trailer, and check out the poster and images, for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ below.

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Written by: Karen Benardello

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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