Variety reports and E L James confirms Kim Basinger as Mrs. Robinson!
I’m excited to see a great and well established actress join the team.
The character of Elena is described by Ana as being in her later 30s to early 40s, but E L James has said she’s 17 years older than Christian and in her mid 40s during the time of the books. So yes, it’s easy to jump on the fact that Kim Basinger is 62 years old. But I really don’t think it matters. First, Kim doesn’t look 62 years old. With some make up they can take a few years off. Finally, I don’t think her age matters as much as long as she looks inappropriately older than Christian and closer to his mothers age and all that is met with Kim.
Kim is probably best known for her role as Elizabeth in 9 1/2 Weeks back in 1986. She was a very busy actress in the 80s and 90s and more recently was in a slump. I would be remiss in mentioning that during this time Kim was one of Charlie’s Angles and a Bond Girl. She also did a Playboy spread that she says opened up doors for her, like the opportunity to work opposite Robert Redford in The Natural and earned a Golden Globe Nomination. But one of her biggest films was, Batman in 1989. But it was her role in LA Confidential is the one that earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild – that’s a lot of bling.
If you look at her more recent work, there isn’t as much as there used to be, though she has still been active. This seems to be in part related to her new role as Mother in 1995.
While you wait for the release of Fifty Shades Darker, you can see Kim in The Nice Guys, scheduled for release on May 20, 2016 with Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, and Matt Bomer.