Fifty Shades of Grey is back again. The third installment in E.L. James’ franchise is set to be released just in time for Valentine’s Day and we cannot wait. Fifty Shades Freed is even steamier than the last two films in the franchise. If anyone has read the books, they’ll know what the story is about, but that doesn’t mean they’ll know exactly what to expect. With every Fifty Shades movie comes a surprise and this installment is no different. Viewers can expect a lot of surprises, sauciness and overall sexiness from this movie wrapped up with an awesome climax (pun intended). From its release date to new faces to Anna’s unexpected news, here is everything people should know about the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed movie.
Warning: there are some major spoilers below for anyone who hasn't read the books.
15 It hits theaters on February 9
Luckily, you don’t have too long to wait before you can watch this movie. Fifty Shades Freed will hit cinemas on February 9. That means it’s out just in time in for Valentine’s Day. Five days ahead, to be exact. Running for 110 minutes, it is actually eight minutes shorter than the former installment Fifty Shades Darker and 19 minutes shorter than the first installment of the franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey. Nonetheless, we can expect only the best from this erotic trilogy and it will be worth every penny you spend on that cinema ticket. Go with your boyfriend, your hubby, your BFFs or whoever (just not your parents!) and enjoy the third and final film in the sexy franchise. It's hard to believe this is really the end.
14 It’s the final chapter of the Fifty Shades trilogy
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While some book-to-film franchises have tried to extend their final installments by splitting them into two films (ex. The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twlight), Fifty Shades is ending at three movies. It’s hard to believe that we’ll finally be saying goodbye to Christian and Ana, but all good things come to an end. Anyone who read the books knows this series is ending with a lot of suspense and a really big bang. There is no doubt about it, Fifty Shades Freed is a lot more action packed than the last two. Plus, there are several surprises in store that will catch you off guard. This may be the end of the beloved movie trilogy, but it will be an ending no one will ever forget.
13 Most of the original cast will be in it
Of course, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be in it, reprising the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Rita Ora will also be returning as Grey’s sister Mia, as will Kim Basinger who plays Elena Lincoln, Christian’s former lover. In fact, most of the original cast will be in this movie. It’s always good when they keep the original actors because there’s nothing we hate more than when a movie brings in a load of news faces or replaces old faces with new ones. We’re happy to see a few additions, of course, but we don’t like too much change when it comes to characters in movies. We will be seeing a few new actors in the final installment, and don't be surprised if you've seen them before.
12 Arielle Kebbel has a role in this movie
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While they have kept most of the original cast, they have sprinkled in a few new faces. One of those is Arielle Kebbel, who will be playing one of Christian's flirty architects, Gia Matteo. Other new additions include Smallville alum Eric Johnson, who will be taking on the role of one of Ana’s colleagues and Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin, who plays Ana’s former classmate. Bella Heathcote will also make an appearance as one of Christian’s former submissives. Wow. How many of them does he have?!? There are a few more newcomers in the movie, but we’ll let you wait and see...we don’t want to give too much away. But if you’re eager to learn more about the new Fifty Shades Freed movie, read on.
11 Ana and Christian are embracing married life
Enough about the cast and release date. Let’s talk about the actual story. The plot. The juice. Let’s talk about what actually happens in Fifty Shades Freed. Well, as you will know if you watched the last movie, Anastasia accepted Christian’s proposal in Fifty Shades Darker. In this installment, we see her and Christian adjusting to married life, which doesn’t look too bad from where we’re standing. It’s a life of luxury and wealth...what could be so bad about that? But when you see the full story and you see how their life unfolds, you realize that their happy ending could be a lot farther away than we thought. Faces from the past, as well as Grey’s controlling nature, could put their dreams for a beautiful life in danger.
10 But trouble could jeopardize their happy ending
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They may be married but that doesn’t mean that all is perfect and free of problems in the world of Ana and Christian. Far from it! If there’s one thing you should know about this movie, it’s that trouble comes in abundance. You’re going to wonder pretty much every moment in this film whether the two will ever have a happy ending. With Ana’s former boss out for revenge and Christian’s former lover, Elena Lincoln, returning to cause more trouble, it’s not going to be an easy ride for the couple. Add two kidnapping plots and a serious car accident into the equation and you’ll lose all hope for the future of these newlyweds. Yep, the plot really is as dangerous and as exciting as it sounds.
9 We even get a first look at Ana with a gun
Not much has really been said about the new Fifty Shades movie. Thankfully, we have a trailer to watch that reveals a few things about the upcoming film. You know how we told you Ana and Christian encounter a few problems in their married life? Well, we weren’t being dramatic. Check out the trailer for yourself and you will see that Fifty Shades Freed is pretty dramatic itself with a whole lot of crime and action going on. We catch a glimpse of Ana holding a gun—something we definitely haven't seen in the other films. The trailers also make it clear that there are new dangers being posed to the couple, coming at them from all sides. You'll definitely be on the edge of your seat while it plays out on the big screen.
8 Some scenes are reminiscent of a Bond movie
There are many shots from Fifty Shades Freed that remind us of a James Bond movie. Unlike the last two movies, this one departs from the franchise as a whole and takes on a lot of Bond-esque scenes. Take the scene of Christian Grey walking shirtless on the beach, followed by him and Anastasia getting involved in a car chase. How Bond-like is that? Playing villain James Hyde is Eric Johnson who you’ll catch a glimpse of in the new trailer. All in all, a lot is going to happen in this new movie so be prepared to be holding on to the edge of your seat practically every moment throughout this movie. And that’s not the only thing that’s interesting about this new film.
7 And you can expect more steamy sex scenes
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Not that it’s surprising. The Fifty Shades franchise is known for its steamy sex scenes after all. But you can definitely expect more of those scenes in this film. The movie’s tagline is ''Don’t miss the climax.'' We guess that’s kind of fitting. Anyway, if you’re looking for some raunchy scenes, you will be sure to find them in this movie. Plus, you'll see Christian Gre walking along the beach topless in the movie so it’s definitely going to be a treat for you ladies out there. But that doesn’t mean men go without. There’s going to be a lot of hot scenes involving Anastasia, as well as some sexy architects to drool over. But that’s not the surprising part. This is the surprising part...
6 Spoiler alert: Ana is expecting
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Maybe we saw it coming. Maybe we didn’t. Either way, we’re still surprised to hear that Ana is expecting. The new trailer, released earlier this month, shows Anastasia receiving news in the doctor’s office: "It seems you're pregnant, Mrs. Grey." Naturally Ana’s response is one of surprise. In many ways, we guess we’re not reallu surprised. He did propose and they are getting married, so the next thing to come is kids. But it’s still hard to get your head around the fact that there’s going to be a little Grey on the horizon. We can already almost feel a story line coming on for a future Fifty Shades movie. You can almost see the trailer in your head about little Grey growing up and transforming into another Christian Grey.
5 But it doesn’t go down well at first
After Ana discovers she's pregnant, she tells Christian, but he isn’t too happy with the news. In fact, he lashes out at her, accusing her of getting pregnant on purpose. Then he leaves. The next morning, he arrives back home drunk, declaring that Anastasia will favor their new baby over him. Indirectly, Christian even implies that she should have an abortion. Ana refuses the idea and yells back at him that she would indeed choose the baby over him because that's what parents are supposed to do. Fortunately, everything works out just fine in the end. While Christian is nervous about being a father, he knows how important the baby is to her and they make up. We don’t want to spoil the end for you so we won’t tell you any more about the ending.
4 Ana and Christian share their first dance
We have witnessed a lot of steamy scenes between Ana and Christian, but the sweet, tender moments are few and far between. That’s why everybody was freaking out when we saw a clip of Ana and Christian enjoying their first dance together as husband and wife. But not everybody noticed the dance because the dress stole the spotlight. Yep, people were going crazy over Ana’s stunning wedding gown. We only got to see snapshots of her dress, but from what we can tell, her lace masterpiece looks like a dream. Back to the dance—this is going to be one of those rare, tender moments that we don’t see so often in the Fifty Shades movies. As much as we love the hot sex scenes, we also love those sweet tender moments between the couple.
3 Scenes were filmed in Nice at the same time as the terror attacks
Hours before a truck drove straight into a crowd for Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring 120, the cast and crew of Fifty Shades Freed were filming in the same location, close to the Bastille celebrations. How terrifying! It was a huge tragedy and no doubt highly frightening for the crew to hear about too. ''Production has confirmed that everyone working on location in the south of France is okay,'' producer Dana Brunetti wrote in a Facebook message. ''Everyone has been accounted for and is safe and sound. Thanks for everyone’s messages and concerns. Another sad day for France and the world.'' Eloise Mumford, who plays Anastasia’s best friend Kate in the film, shared an Instagram tribute on her page to the attacks (see above).
2 It’s pretty similar to the book
Overall, Fifty Shades Freed doesn’t steer far from the original story in its novel form. It’s pretty similar to the book, which is a good thing. At least we think so, anyway. It’s always annoying when script writers change the original story so much that it barely resembles the original work. There’s a reason why the book was so popular...why would we want to change it? The good news about Fifty Shades Freed is that it’s not too different from the text and for Fifty Shades fans, that’s a major bonus. From what we’ve seen in the trailers, this final installment of the franchise is going to be awesome. We cannot wait to catch it on the cinema screens. So roll on Valentine’s Day!
1 Two saucy trailers show you everything you need to know
If you would like to know more about the Fifty Shades Freed movie, you can pretty much find out everything you need to know from the trailers. Yep, there are two trailers for the new movie and both of them are as saucy as you can get. What else would you expect from the kinky franchise? Universal Pictures released two sultry teasers before releasing the main trailer and to be honest, all of them are worth a watch. Everybody loves a trailer and these three are guaranteed to get you preordering cinema tickets ASAP. It may be the final chapter of the Fifty Shades franchise, but we have a feeling Fifty Shades Freed is going to be well worth the wait. So say your goodbyes to Mr. and Mrs. Grey.