"Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press," a source told E! News. "When she first got the role, it was way too much for her."
Though Johnson has famous parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, the Ben & Kate actress was a relative unknown before she was cast as Anastasia Steele. Then suddenly, she became someone "everyone wants a piece of." "It's been tough," the source added.
While Universal Pictures cited Hunnam's "immersive TV schedule" on Sons of Anarchy as the reason behind him leaving, insiders tell a different story. "More than anything, he hates attention and being in Fifty Shades of Grey would force him to do lots of media," a source told E! People also reports that Hunnam dropped out because he didn't want "the Robert Pattinson-esque attention" that comes with the role of Christian Grey.
When Hunnam's and Johnson's castings were announced, fans started a petitionto cast Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel instead. With Hunnam out, there's a slight possibility fans will get their wish for Christian Grey. But as of now, Johnson is still your Anastasia Steele.