In a shocking move, Sony Pictures is not only keeping the December release date for Ridley Scott's awards-hopeful drama All the Money in the World, they're cutting Kevin Spacey out of the film altogether and replacing him with another actor. Scott is also determined to to keep the film's December 22 release date.
All of Spacey's scenes, which only featured him, will now have to be reshot, although co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are also expected to return for re-shoots. Imperative Entertainment financed the film, and Friedkin and Thomas produced along with Scott Free's Scott and Kevin J. Walsh, Quentin Curtis and Chris Clark.
Based on a true story, All the Money in the World details the harrowing 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty's 16-year-old grandson, J. Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer, no relation), and Getty's refusal to comply with the kidnappers' demands.
A MA woman on Wednesday accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her 18-year-old son on the holiday island of Nantucket last year and said police had opened a criminal investigation.
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It follows nine other allegations, ranging from inappropriate sexual conduct to assault and groping.
It is not clear how Scott will produce the Spacey-Plummer swap, but bringing back the actors for filming and finishing the movie on this razor-tight schedule is an enormous undertaking. It had already been pulled from its premiere next week over the mounting allegations against Spacey.
On Wednesday, a former Boston TV news anchor said that the actor sexually assaulted her son. Regarding that decision, TriStar issued a statement, noting, "All the Money in the World is a superb film".
Yesterday an American journalist claimed that Spacey plied her teenage son with alcohol before grabbing his genitals.
Spacey's representatives say he is seeking unspecified treatment.