Providing movie audiences with a first look at the trailer for the much-anticipated Valentine’s 2015 release of Fifty Shades of Grey, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have no doubt ratcheted up the water cooler talk about the big screen adaptation of British romance novelist E.L. James’ 2011 debut novel.
The novel-turned-film tells the story of college student Ana Steele’s torrid love affair with twenty-something billionaire businessman Christian Grey. Readers familiar with the book’s plot don’t need to be told that the content leans toward the erotic — notably, a large dose of bondage mixed with sado-masochism.
James originally self-published the first book in what became the Fifty Shades Trilogy, but a year later, following phenomenal internet sales, the publishing house Vintage Books picked up the rights. The novel is now in print in more than 52 countries worldwide and holds the record for the fastest-selling paperback in history.
In the film, Northern Ireland’s Jamie Dornan takes on the role of Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson plays Ana.