Kevin Spacey has been replaced by Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World, just six weeks before the big-budget movie’s release date.
The actor, 58, has been written out of the film in a bold move by director Ridley Scott in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations.
The cast and crew have all agreed to re-shoot Spacey’s scenes, and are said to be ‘determined’ to stick to the December 22 release date, Deadline reports.
Sources close to the production claim the re-shoots are commencing immediately, with Plummer, 87, taking on the role of late oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.
The Hollywood Reporter claims director Scott ‘made the decision unilaterally and only notified Sony of his decision on late Wednesday afternoon’.
The publication also said Plummer was originally the first choice for the role, but studio executives wanted a bigger name, which is why Spacey came on board.
The move comes after the movie was pulled from the prestigious closing night slot of the AFI Festival this month, and had its awards campaign halted.
The actor shot eight days and many of the movie’s scenes feature just him. It is not yet clear how Scott will bring about the swap at such short notice.
One of the key problems facing the production crew will be visual effects, seeing as how many of Spacey’s scenes were shot in different locations.
The production also used prosthetics to transform Spacey into the ultra-wealthy oil tycoon.
Set predominantly in Rome, Italy, in 1973, the movie details the story of Getty refusing to pay a $17 million ransom when his grandson was kidnapped at the age of 16, despite being the richest man in the world at the time.
Michelle Williams plays the part of Gail Harris, the mother of John Paul Getty III, while Mark Wahlberg plays ex-CIA agent Fletcher Chase.