Now there are whispers that Dakota Johnson – the actress who signed up to play Anastasia Steele to Charlie’s Christian Grey – is feeling the pressure too.
According to E! News, like the 33-year-old Brit, the young actress is struggling with the sudden change from being relatively unknown to one of Hollywood’s most talked about young stars.
“Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press,” a source said. “When she first got the role it was way too much for her.”
“It’s been tough,” the source told E! News.
While a rep for Dakota has yet to comment Tinsel Town is still abuzz about Charlie’s shock exit from such a huge project that has a readymade fan base following the smash hit success of the E. L. James book series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders say the Sons Of Anarchy star’s alleged over-the-top demands and personality conflicts with the creative team sparked the exit that has left the production in a crisis.
One name tipped to replace Charlie is former Calvin Klein model – and fellow Brit – Jamie Dornan.
Whoever signs on to be the new Christian Grey will have to have chemistry with Dakota. According to The Wrap: “Multiple sources stress that the filmmakers will build the rest of the cast around [her] rather than let the new Christian Grey dictate the ensemble.”