It’s been four years since the Twilight movie series ended, but fans of the vampire stories still crave their fix. Enter FKA Twigs and her new movie, which is set to premiere in theaters on February 13th.
The 28-year-old singer and songwriter known for her distinctive bright-colored hair has teamed up with Twilight director Roald Dahl to bring Count Dracula’s sexy, seductive side to the big screen in the form of Fifty Shades Darker. Set for release in theaters on February 13th, the movie is the second part of a trilogy and picks up where the first film left off — with Christian Grey finally agreeing to marry Anastasia Steele. But since that time, Mrs. Grey has some hidden secrets that she’s been keeping from her enigmatic partner.
Dahl teased us with a few photos from the set of Fifty Shades Darker back in September 2018, but today we’re able to share a whole gallery of the latest fan art inspired by the Twilight movie series.
The Return Of Alice
Since the beginning of the series, fans have debated which character was the true lead—Taylor Lautner’s Edward or Dakota Fanning’s Bella. While many fans pointed to Bella as the true protagonist of the saga, it was actually Alice who drove most of the storytelling in the Twilight films.
For years, Alice was seen as the secondary character who helped Bella find her way in the world. Then J.J. Abrams and his team of writers turned the tables around in 2014’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, which is when the character really came into her own.
In that film, we see a young and independent-minded Alice who wants to embrace the freedom that comes with being a 20-something. She sets up camp in the English countryside, where she meets up with a group of young travelers who become her surrogate family.
While on the surface, Breaking Dawn — Part 1 may have been a typical coming-of-age story, there were elements of horror woven into the fabric of the narrative. The trailer for the film teased a dark and sinister undercurrent that runs throughout, particularly in the finale, which sees the vampire clan gather to hunt down their prey. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dahl said that the final battle between the vampire queen Victoria and her kin is going to be “one of the most powerful battles you’ve ever seen in a film.”
Since that time, fans have eagerly awaited the next installment in the series, which focused on the dangerous and seductive Dark side of the vampire mythology. And with the release of the first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, fans are finally getting their wish. As the son of writer Roald Dahl and nephew of legendary author and spy Guy Burgess, the 32nd Master of Mischief’s dark side is finally coming to cinema.
The Power Of Puppetry
This October will mark the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was first published in 1922. To celebrate the occasion, the writer’s estate is bringing back some of his most memorable characters for a new tale set in modern times. But it won’t be your typical Roald Dahl story, as Hollywood actress Hayley Atwell will take on the role of matriarch Dahlia in a family-friendly adaptation directed by Tim Burton.
Dahlia is a wicked old woman who runs a chocolate factory (hence the series’ name) and is bent on revenge against Charlie for rejecting her advances. But instead of fangs and claws, she’ll be employing a whole new set of tactics to get her revenge — like running an elaborate scam, manipulating women with her wiles, or employing a posse of murderous, snarling dogs. In this way, Dahlia will be the first major character we’ve seen from the master of misdirection since the start of the series. In fact, since the beginning, we’ve seen shades of Dahlia in almost every other major character — from Bella’s mother Renee to Anastasia’s mother Julia and, of course, Quenelle. So it seems that Dahlia is set to continue the theme of feminine power throughout the series.
A Whole New World
It’s been nearly 10 years since we last saw Christian Grey as he strode confidently into the sunset, leaving the fate of his newborn daughter Anastasia in the hands of Nurse John Hardy (Ray Winstone). And while nothing could quite live up to the grand promises made by the Twilight film franchise, the latest installment, directed by James Foley, does deliver on those promises, with a darker, brooding, and altogether more sensual Christian Grey.
The first glimpse of Foley’s take on Grey’s character comes in the form of a gorgeous still from the costume ball sequence, which sees the enigmatic dom evanescence dance for an audience of one while wearing an elaborate set of horns. And when we meet up with Christian again, this time in the form of a gorgeous teaser, he looks nothing like your typical Hollywood leading man. Instead, we get a potent mix of leather, lace, and tequila — and that’s just the beginning.
In the years since the Twilight phenomenon came to an end, fans have kept busy by keeping the dream alive. Countless artists have put their own spin on the characters for something to read, paint, or draw. And now that the clock is ticking, fans are getting ready to dive back in and see what happens next. So whether you’re a longtime fan or have just discovered the series, there’s plenty to keep you busy — and maybe even a little scared — for the next four years.