Any projects that have Kevin Spacey‘s name associated with them have become tainted, but director Ridley Scott is having none of that, and has refused to allow his upcoming movie, in which Spacey was a star, to be collateral damage from the actor’s sexual assault and harassment allegations. All the Money in the World is getting completely overhauled — AND keeping its Dec. 22 release date. In an unprecedented, costly, but unflinching move, Scott and the people over at Sony have decided that Spacey will be cut entirely from the movie, and have recast beloved Canadian actor Christopher Plummer to reshoot all his scenes.
Plummer, who according to The Hollywood Reporter was Scott’s first choice for the role (but studio execs wanted a bigger name), will now play J. Paul Getty in the story about the 1973 kidnapping of his grandson, 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (played by Charlie Plummer, no relation).
It was Scott alone who made the decision, and only notified Sony of his decision Wednesday afternoon, but Deadline adds that in the end, the cast and crew of the film, including Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, and Sony Pictures unanimously agreed to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes. THR details that Spacey shot a total of eight days, and the bulk of his scenes were of him alone, so that’s promising. It’s still a tremendous undertaking, yet clearly something Scott is passionate about. The director doesn’t want the hard work of everyone else involved going to waste.
All the Money in the World is only the latest project to distance itself from Spacey. Netflix not only announced that the sixth and final season of House of Cards has suspended production, but they’re also reworking it to write the actor out of it. The streaming company also decided to not release the Gore Vidal biopic Spacey was starring in and producing for them. And even though he had already filmed his part, Spacey has been cut from CBS’s upcoming Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special.
Trailers for All the Money in the World had already been released, and the PR machine and Oscar campaigns were all about Spacey, so it will be jaw-dropping if they can pull this off. But Ridley just proved he’s a true leader, proving that some things matter more than the bottom line. His decision to reshoot with Plummer is a brave and incredible one.
We have one more question though:
Can we replace all of Kevin Spacey’s roles with Christopher Plummer? https://t.co/SBYP2ZJZSk
— Mundy (@dickfundy) November 9, 2017
Why, yes, yes we can.
IDEA: Christopher Plummer replaces Kevin Spacey in everything pic.twitter.com/m8XVilgEz6
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) November 9, 2017
let’s go ahead and have Christopher Plummer replace Kevin Spacey in everything pic.twitter.com/azXKuc2Dhu
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 9, 2017
— Jordan Freiman (@JordanFreiman) November 9, 2017
— Gary Weinberg (@gary_weinberg) November 9, 2017
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) November 9, 2017
— Franklin Harris (@FranklinH3000) November 9, 2017
Is it too late to have Christopher Plummer host last year’s Tonys?
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 9, 2017