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Back to basics for Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone and David Morrissey
It has taken four years for the film to get off the ground
Thirteen years after the notorious original was screened, the sequel to Basic Instinct has been launched during the Cannes Film Festival.

In Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction actress Sharon Stone returns as bisexual killer Catherine Trammell.

Set in London, it also features British actor David Morrissey as a psychiatrist who becomes involved with her.

Stone, 47, said of her co-star: "He's very handsome and if you have seen his work you know he's an exquisite actor.

Speaking at the Cannes launch she added: "I really enjoyed working with him because he's so funny and talented and sexy."

I've a few more surprising elements in the new film
Sharon Stone

Stone signed a multi-million dollar deal to do the sequel back in 2000.

But it was only given the go-ahead in 2004.

Stone had launched a legal case against the film's producers because she said she had lost a role in the film Mr Deeds while waiting for Basic Instinct 2's production to start.

The producers had also said the star's on-set demands had been too much, but they were later reported to have settled their differences.

Baby joy

Last summer Stone denied the film had been delayed because of her alleged demands.

Morrissey, who has starred in TV hits such as political dramas State of Play and The Deal, said filming so far had been a "pleasure".

"The scenes are a challenge. The scripts are wonderful and it's been really fun to do so far," he said.

David Morrissey as Gordon Brown and Michael Sheen as Tony Blair in The Deal
Morrissey played UK chancellor Gordon Brown in The Deal

Stone raised eyebrows with her infamous "leg-crossing" scene in the original Paul Verhoeven-directed film, which co-starred Michael Douglas.

In Cannes she revealed: "I've a few more surprising elements in the new film."

The star also spoke of her joy at adopting her new baby son, claiming "single women can do it all".

Stone, who is divorced, announced last week she had adopted a child born in Texas and named him Laird Vonne Stone.

She said friends and family would help her bring up her children.

The actress - who recovered after having a stroke in 2001 - admitted it was hard to combine single motherhood with a career, but said it was possible.

"I would encourage all single women to stand up and show that you can be these things in the world," she said.



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