It's hard to believe, but it's almost time for Christian Grey to hang up his whip. That's right: the third and final installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is almost upon us, with a new trailer released earlier today.
The latest film, Fifty Shades Freed, picks up where the last one, Fifty Shades Darker, left off. If you've forgotten, it ended with our 'hero' Christian proposing to his girlfriend and fellow S&M afficionado Anastasia, while a mysterious man (we think it was Ana's disgruntled ex-boss) burns a picture of Mr. Grey.
The final part, which is set to hit cinemas on Valentine's Day 2018, sees the couple married and honeymooning in the South of France, while their stalker lurks creepily. Other tit-bits we learnt from the trailer: Christian (and Ana) own a private jet and a handgun. So far, so, romantic? Sexy? Hmmm.
When Fifty Shades was released on 14 February 2015, it made stars out of its leads, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who were both relatively unknown at the time. Northern Irish Dornan was beginning to win plaudits for his turn as serial killer Paul Spektor in the BBC mini-series The Fall, while Johnson was born into Hollywood royalty as the daughter of Melanie Griffith and granddaughter of Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren.
It also topped the Box Office, taking home $571 million, but difficulties on set between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and writer EL James meant the former left the project. James Foley picked up the reins for the last two films, which were both made at the same time.
The critical reaction to the series has been predictably poor, although the first at least was praised for its sense of humour, as well as Johnson's acting. One gripe for many - hilariously considering its content - was that the film didn't feature enough sex scenes. There's no pleasing some people...