A previously completed Ridley Scott film that's set to be released next month will now undergo reshoots to completely remove Kevin Spacey. The always brilliant Christopher Plummer (Beginners) will replace Spacey in Scott's All the Money in the World, Deadline announced Wednesday. Scott and Imperative Entertainment are "determined" to ensure the reshoots don't interfere with the film's Dec. 22 release date.
Spacey, who played oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in the film, reportedly spent up to 10 days shooting his scenes. Following the film's ousting from this month’s AFI Festival, Scott and the producers were understandably pissed off that Spacey's onslaught of sexual assault allegations stood to sink a project they had worked very hard to bring to life. Once the decision to cut Spacey and reshoot his scenes with Plummer was made, all involved with the film—including stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg—agreed to take part.
The film centers on the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty's grandson, John Paul Getty III. Getty famously refused to cooperate with the kidnappers' demands at first, but later struck a deal to secure his grandson's return.
In addition to the newly announced reshoots, Scott's All the Money in the World team will be forced to re-engineer its marketing materials. A trailer for the film, featuring Spacey, had already been released.
Netflix has also severed its ties with Spacey, the star of the political drama House of Cards. In addition to ousting him from the series, the streaming service has decided to halt the release of their Spacey-starring Gore Vidal biopic.