Following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, Sony and director Ridley Scott are planning on replacing the Oscar-winning actor, who plays John Paul Getty, in their upcoming release of “All the Money in the World” with Christopher Plummer.
The film is expected to open on Dec. 22. Sources say they plan to shoot Plummer’s scenes over the next couple of weeks and insert his footage in time to make the release.
Scott and Imperative Entertainment, which is financing and producing the pic, made the decision Wednesday to cut Spacey, with Sony backing their decision.
Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams also star in the movie, and are expected to be involved with the reshoots. Sources say the shoot is plausible, as there are plenty of scenes where Getty is the only main character in the shot. Sources estimated Spacey shot around two weeks worth of footage, meaning the deadline isn’t impossible, but still quite tough to pull off.
The film was recently pulled from the AFI Fest due to the news revolving around Spacey, but the studio was standing by releasing the film on its original date.
The Black List screenplay, written by David Scarpa, centers on the 1973 kidnapping in Italy of J. Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.