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Finally, we have some more juicy details regarding the next installment of the Fifty Shades juggernaut - in particular, speculation has been put to rest over who will lead the project following Sam Taylor Johnson's announced exit.

If you remember correctly, the former director brought in over half a billion dollars at the global box office, but allegedly dipped out of movie no. 2 due to tension over creative differences with the book's author, E.L. James. It was only a matter of time before someone worthy of the sexy tale was found and now, it seems we have a new director on-board.

James Foley is the frontrunner for the job

Yep, it's a dude!

Though negotiations have not yet officially begun, Foley is the favorite to lead the next stage of the saucy franchise Darker, and perhaps even the third installment, Fifty Shades of Freed.

The New York director is perhaps best known for his 1992 David Mamet adaptation Glengarry Glen Ross, a movie that allowed Al Pacino bring home an Oscar nomination in the supporting actor category.

Additionally, as well as directing the 12 episodes of Netflix's recent House of Cards season, he was also at the helm of the Halle Berry and Bruce Willis thriller Perfect Stranger. Here's the trailer if you need reminding:

And it is probably his high level of expertize in the thriller genre that makes him so appealing to the Fifty Shades series. After all, Fifty Shades Darker is still all about the sexual relations between Anastasia and Christian Grey, but also heavily features elements of high tension when she's stalked by his ex-lover.

Considering his past projects, he seems perfect for the job!

Fifty Shades Darker is set for release on February 10, 2017.

Sources: ew.com

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