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'House of Cards' Director To Direct 'Fifty Shades' Sequel?

Sam Taylor-Johnson, the original director for Fifty Shades of Grey had announced after the first movie that she would be not directing the following sequels, so who better to bring in next that details dark, mysterious, and sexual macabre than House of Cards director James Foley?

Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of the trilogy, is looking for it's next director to bring the sexual novel to it's next on screen place, and according to NME, James Foley is the front runner to take on the task.

"Universal Pictures is said to be considering the possibility of shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back, though it is unknown whether Foley would direct both films," says NME.

So for those of you Netflix buffs, do you think that Foley would make a good fit for the Fifty Shades trilogy? He's already great at creating tense but alluring scenes, for those of you that have already seen House of Cards, you know this. Foley has also directed an episode of NBC's Hannibal, which can also help to add the dark color to the sequel.

As far as casting is concerned, according to IMDB, nobody is signed on except the classics of Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and Rita Ora, so we thought we'd love to put some of the House of Cards and Hannibal cast as some of our dream cast for Fifty Shades Darker to further visualize the sequel:

Jack Hyde, Ana's boss at SIP, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal):

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Ana starts a new job at SIP, and becomes Jack's personal assistant, who is more than curious about Ana as well. Despite the book description of Jack physically, Mads has a suave and sinister way of illustrating behavior, which would make the whole stalker-esque tendency and sabotaging helicopter Charlie Tango all the more frightening. He also verges into Fifty Shades Freed so why not keep someone so creepy perfect around?

Mrs. Robinson, AKA Elena Lincoln, played by Robin Wright (House of Cards):

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Robin Wright is so sinister once you start diving into the end of season 2 or season 3 of House of Cards and being that she has a mature look to her, she would be perfect to play beside Christian as his former lover/dominant of his adolescence. She has no problem being tongue-in-cheek, and would be a great person to scare the bee-gezzus out of Ana (which, let's face it, it's not that hard).

Leila Williams, Christian's Former Submissive, played by Kate Mara (House of Cards):


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Kate Mara has been type-casted in such a way, but boy does she play crazy and impulsive well. When Ana is threatened by Leila, it should be Kate on the distributing end. Not only was she dark and a tad bit sadistic on House of Cards, she also played a character in American Horror Story, in the Murder House series, where she went after Dylan McDermott as his ex-mistress. Sound familiar? But hey, if you can have the best, HAVE THE BEST.


Fifty Shades Darker is set for release on February 10, 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed will bow February 9, 2018 according to Deadline. We can't wait to see if our picks might be a reality!

Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”