There’s no doubt about it, Kevin Spacey’s latest film looks hella cool.
But, there’s only one problem.
Yup, you guessed it, Kevin Spacey.
After a slew of damning sexual allegations against Spacey surfaced over the past two weeks, the producers of the film, called All The Money In The World, decided to boot Spacey and replace him with Christopher Plummer.
The scenes for the already-finished film are set to be shot immediately, reports Deadline.:
In an unprecedented bold move, director Ridley Scott, along with Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas have decided to remove Kevin Spacey from their finished movie All The Money In The World. Christopher Plummer has been set to replace Spacey in the role of J Paul Getty. Re-shoots of the key scenes are expected to commence immediately. Scott is also determined to to keep the film’s December 22 release date.
Spacey worked about eight to ten days on the film, but the character is an important presence even if much of the action in the thriller involves the frantic efforts of the kidnapped heir’s mother Gail Harris (Michelle Williams), and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) to free the youth.
Though far more dramatic, considering how quickly the release date is approaching, with the need to not only reshoot but also to redo the marketing materials, this becomes the second instance where filmmakers refused to allow their picture to be doomed by scandal. The other example came when writer/director Taylor Sheridan, stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen and producers Basil Iwanyk and Matthew George wrested back control of the critically acclaimed Wind River from The Weinstein Company after dozens of women claimed that ousted TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein molested them.
No pressure there, hey?
Thankfully, though, the film will probably still look just as cool because Spacey is basically in disguise anyway and it’s not even really about him – check the trailer:
Yes, enough about Spacey, let’s take a look at what the film is about:
“Get it from your father-in-law — he has all the money in the world.”
That’s the instruction from a kidnapper in the story of the 1973 kidnap in Italy of John Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire John Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Kevin Spacey plays Getty.
Asked by a member of the press how much he’d pay, a nearly unrecognizable Spacey responds, “Nothing.”
The kidnappers sent a lock of hair and the teen’s severed right ear to the family to convince them pay the ransom. Harris and the boy’s father eventually convinced the elder Getty to pay a $2.9 million ransom, resulting in the teenager being freed after six months. He had been chained to a stake in a cave in Italy.
Yeah, so I guess that’s the end of Spacey? Deep, hey.
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