Kevin Spacey’s appearance in the upcoming movie All The Money In The World has been axed. Veteran actor Christopher Plummer has been recruited to take on Spacey’s role and will be re-shooting the scenes.
All The Money In The World is based on the true story of the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III. Kidnappers demanded the Getty family – one of the richest in the US – pay a huge ransom demand.
Getty Jnr’s mother, Gail, played by Michelle Williams, appeals to her father-in-law, billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty, for help in paying the ransom. He refuses, and she turns to an advisor, (Mark Wahlberg), for help in securing the release her son.
Spacey had shot his scenes as Getty Snr, and footage of him in the movie has already appeared in trailers. But yesterday, director Ridley Scott (The Martian, Alien, American Gangster) confirmed that he has decided to drop the scenes with Spacey and re-shoot them.
It’s believed that Spacey’s scenes, although crucial to the movie, involved just around 8-10 days of shooting.
Scott, producers Imperative Entertainment, and Sony Entertainment, are still hoping the scenes can be re-shot and the film re-edited for its 22 December release date, reports Deadline Hollywood.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Plummer was Scott’s original choice for the role, but studio executives requested a bigger name.
It reports that Ridley Scott made the ultimate decision, but is supported by cast and crew, who are keen that the film does not sink at the box office because of its association with Spacey. Scott informed studio heads yesterday of his plans to re-shoot.
Sexual assault allegations
Spacey has withdrawn from public view and his career has gone into free-fall since allegations of sexual assault and misconduct first emerged two weeks ago. Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made a drunken sexual advance to him at a party in 1986, when Rapp was just 14.
Spacey responded by saying he couldn’t remember the incident in question, but if it were true, he owed Rapp an apology. He also took the opportunity to state that he was gay – a ‘coming out’ roundly criticized as being mistimed.
Since that allegation, several other men have come forward and alleged Spacey had assaulted them or made unwanted advances. He has since been dumped by his talent agency and PR, and is ‘seeking evaluation and treatment’.
Netflix has announced that is has suspended production of House of Cards, in which he starred, and is dumping a Gore Vidal biopic that Spacey had shot for the streaming service.