Fifty Shades Darker is still a pretty long way from release. But in spite of the wait, fans are already speculating who will be involved in making the next film. Following the departure of director Sam Taylor-Johnson, could James Foley be next to sit in the Fifty Shades chair?
Following the recent blow of Henry Cavill's confirmation that he won't be playing Jack Hyde in the next Fifty Shades film, fans of the franchise weren't best pleased. After weeks of speculation, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. star revealed he had only been messing around and that he will be having absolutely zero involvement in the series. Understandably, Fifty Shaders were pretty bummed out by the news, but hey, there are still reasons to be positive. It was recently confirmed that Eloise Mumford will be returning as Anastasia's best friend Kate Kavanagh and there's a chance Rita Ora will be coming back as Mia Grey too. The big question mark still hanging over the romantic thriller, though, is that of who will be sitting in the director's chair. We already know that author E.L. James will be producing, alongside Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, and that all scriptwriting duties have been given to James' husband Niall Leonard. But who is going to direct? According to Hollywood sources, it could be House of Cards' James Foley.
Although there has been no official offer as of yet, sources suggest that American film director Foley is currently the frontrunner for the Fifty Shades directing job. Most recently known for helming 12 episodes of the Netflix hit show, Foley has had a longstanding career directing TV, film and music videos. Having headed up films such as the 1986 award-nominated At Close Range, as well as being responsible for several of Madonna's music videos, including Papa Don't Preach, Foley is no stranger to a big job like Fifty Shades (which will undoubtedly be no biggie compared to the pressure he was under as Sean Penn's best man at his wedding to the singer.) If chosen, he will replace Sam Taylor-Johnson, who recently announced she would not be returning for the second film in the franchise. Once a deal is made, casting can then begin before filming kicks off in the New Year. Would you like to see Foley direct Fifty Shades?