Hollywood legend Kim Basinger has been signed up to star in the sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The 62-year-old will appear in "Fifty Shades Darker" as Christian Grey's former lover Elena Lincoln.

Kim will star alongside returning stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan - who once again take up the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

The film is expected to begin production early next month with the release date currently set for February 10, 2017.

The latest instalment of the film will be directed by James Foley after Sam Taylor-Johnson walked away from the project.

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Upon departing the franchise, the British director said: "Directing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful.

“I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie.

"While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."

Elena is a crucial role in the "Fifty Shades" story.

In the second film, Ana discovers that it was Elena who introduced her BDSM-loving billionaire boyfriend to the kinkier end of the sex spectrum.

Fans will have to wait until next year to see how she reacts to finding out it was a friend of Christian's mum who sparked his interest in bondage, dominance and submission when he was only 15.

This story first appeared in The Sun.