Date: Dec. 21
Disney and 20th Century Studios’s promotional campaign for the Death on the Nile trailer kicked off on Dec. 21 causing a major stir on social media after Hammer still appeared on both the movie poster and the trailer despite the allegations against him. The film had been completed for more than a year when the allegations surfaced, and the movie’s release was scheduled for 2020 but was postponed until 2022 due to COVID-19 delays. Disney has seemingly decided to move forward with the actor being a part of the film but an insider told The Hollywood Reporter the studio had weighed out different alternatives amid the allegations. The source said Disney considered reshooting the movie with a new actor who could replace Hammer’s character or use digital technology to edit the film, but says those options would have been challenging due to the size of the cast and the storyline. The studio decided to leave the actor in the film and will proceed with a full theatrical release instead of shelving it or having it premiere on a streaming service. The feature adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel about a murder-mystery aboard a steamboat and also features performances from Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright.