Dakota Johnson Awaits New Co-Star for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

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Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 09:24 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Though her co-star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation over the weekend, sources say actress Dakota Johnson is committed no matter what.

Johnson, the 24-year-old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and Charlie Hunnam, the 33-year-old "Sons of Anarchy" heartthrob, were cast in September as the leads in the movie version of the popular X-rated book series.

But Hunnam backed out over the weekend, citing his hectic TV schedule.

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"The filmmakers of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule, which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of young billionaire Christian Grey," Universal Pictures said in a statement.

The new hole in the casting probably won't upset fans of the E.L. James-penned "Fifty Shades" books too much, though. They banded together long before even Hunnam signed on to petition for Matt Bomer, of TV's "White Collar," to play the successful, yet troubled entrepreneur Christian Grey.

Johnson is committed to the role, but sources close to the actress say she is having a tough time dealing with her newfound fame.

"Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press," the source told E! Online. "When she first got the role, it was way too much for her." 

"Fifty Shades of Grey" took the literary world by storm in 2011 with its near X-rated storyline about an innocent college student, Ana Steele, who embarks on an erotic, sadomasochistic relationship with Christian Grey, a successful, yet troubled entrepreneur.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is scheduled to hit the box office Aug. 1, 2014. Production is slated to begin next month.

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