Less than two months before the film’s release, director Ridley Scott has decided to remove Kevin Spacey from his latest film. “All the Money in the World” will keep its December 22 release, with Christopher Plummer taking over the role of J. Paul Getty.
The filmmaker took this monumental decision unilaterally and only notified Sony of his decision late Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, Plummer was the first choice for the role, but the studio wanted a bigger name.
Spacey shot a total of eight days, and many of his scenes only featured him. However, the task of reshooting and re-editing remains complicated.
Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, who star as J. Paul Getty’s lawyer and daughter, are also expected to come back for reshoots.
This news comes only hours after former TV news anchor Heather Unruh said Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son last year.
Allegations against Spacey began nearly two weeks ago, beginning with actor Anthony Rapp. Since then, multiple people have come forward with their stories, and Spacey is facing the consequences.
“All the Money in the World” is only the latest project to distance itself from the actor. The acclaimed Netflix show “House of Cards” recently announced that the production is reworking the final season to have Spacey written out.
Scott’s decision is rare, and a new sort of example of a filmmaker taking a stand against harassment and protecting his project from being overshadowed by the allegations against an actor.
Since the Weinstein scandal, we’ve seen Hollywood take a stronger stance against abusers like Weinstein and Spacey. We can only hope that this is a new era where the entertainment industry will no longer tolerate abuse, no matter how influential the abuser might be.