The fallout of the allegations against Kevin Spacey is seeing unprecedented results.
The two-time Oscar winner has been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by a number of different parties since Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey harrassed him at age 14.
As a result, Spacey has been dropped by Netflix, his casting agency and his agent, has been removed from a number of upcoming events, and now has been excised completely from a big studio feature he had finished filming earlier this year.
According to Deadline:
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.
It’s quite a big move from Sony, although it’s not entirely surprising. The high-profile picture, which also stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, was at risk of losing wide distribution and would likely see audience backlash if released with Spacey in a key role. Not to mention the loss of potential awards buzz as well.
Deadline reports that Scott, Sony, Williams and Wahlberg all came to an agreement to re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes. Scott and producers Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas were reportedly “incensed” that the accusations aimed at Spacey could negatively affect a picture so many had put time and effort into.
Oscar winner Christopher Plummer will now be playing oil tycoon John Paul Getty, who, as the film will explore, refused to hand over the ransom money demanded by his grandson’s kidnappers. Although it is a highly important role in the film, most of the picture focuses on the boy’s mother (Williams) and the family advisor (Wahlberg).
What makes this whole development all the more eyebrow-raising, is the fact that Scott is determined to have the film open on December 22. The filmmaker and the studio are now moving quickly to restage the scenes and get the reshoots underway for the release date. The marketing, which had already kicked off with a strong first trailer, will also have to be reworked.