“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,'” Deadline reports. Spacey, who plays J. Paul Getty in the film, will be replaced by Christopher Plummer, who won an Oscar in 2012 for his supporting role in “Beginners.”
“Reshoots of the key scenes are expected to commence immediately. Scott is also determined to to keep the film’s December 22 release date,” Deadline reports, adding: “In a unified front, the cast and crew of the film, and Sony Pictures, unanimously agreed to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes, with Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams’ cooperation part of the mix.”
The move follows the removal of the film from the prestigious closing-night slot at AFI Fest, as allegations of sexual assault swirl around Spacey. Netflix has also severed ties with the actor, leaving the sixth and final season of “House of Cards” hanging in the balance.
Deadline reports that while Spacey worked about eight to 10 days on “All the Money in the World,” his character is integral to the film. The report notes that Scott and Friedkin, along with others involved with the movie, became “incensed that the sordid allegations against Spacey might doom a film that Scott dropped everything to direct, and on which so many people worked hard and did not deserve to see the results hobbled in the marketplace because of the taint of scandal. So they took control of the narrative.”