Back in October, actor Anthony Rapp — who currently stars in CBS's Star Trek: Discovery — accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. His coming forward encouraged numerous other people to share their own stories of traumatic experiences with the actor.
Understandably, this had a big impact on Spacey's career. He was written out of House Cards' sixth and final season, Netflix decided to pass on his Gore Vidal biopic, and MasterClass — a teaching site that featured acting lessons from Spacey — ended its partnership with the actor. Now, Spacey's troubles are continuing...
Kevin Spacey Is Getting Replaced In Ridley Scott's 'All The Money In The World'
The biopic, which centers around CIA operative Fetcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) and Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) as they try to free John Paul Getty III from a criminal organization, featured #KevinSpacey as J. Paul Getty. The #RidleyScott-directed film reportedly wrapped production this past August, and was ready for release on December 22.
In light of the accusations made against the actor, however, Scott has decided to reshoot the movie, replacing Spacey with screen legend #ChristopherPlummer (The Sound of Music, Up). Plummer was initially the first choice to play Getty, but Spacey received the role in order to have a bigger name in the part.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott decided to do this on his own. The reshoots will be quite an undertaking, especially since the movie is less than two months away, but the director is committed to meet All The Money In The World's December 22 release date.
Spacey worked eight days on the production, and most of his scenes had the actor by himself, so that makes the task of replacing him a bit easy. With that said, the situation is still quite daunting, and will require the studio to act on two fronts.
First, there are the physical reshoots, which will have #MarkWahlberg and #MichelleWilliams coming back. Then, there's the option of digitally cutting out Spacey. Per THR, depending on how complicated replacing the actor proves, TriStar could opt to remove him through special effects, and put Christopher Plummer in his place.
What's left to see is how this will raise expectations for All The Money In The World –– which has a reported production budget of $40 million –– to perform financially. This was a brave and commendable move on Scott and TriStar's part, so hopefully everything turns out great for them.
#AllTheMoneyInTheWorld is currently scheduled to hit theaters on December 22, 2017.
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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]