As the ground in Hollywood continues to shift, powerhouse Ridley Scott announced recasting Jean Paul Getty in his upcoming thriller, All the Money in the World. Kevin Spacey is out and Christopher Plummer is in. This is no joke.
To give you a little perspective on how big and bold a move this really is: All the Money in the World is a finished film. A trailer’s already released.
Scott and Sony’s TriStar Pictures fully disassociated the project from Kevin Spacey. The decision is so final IMDb updated the film’s page before the news hit the wire.
The film will no longer premier in the coveted closing slot at the AFI Fest. But in order to maintain its awards eligibility, All the Money in the World must make its December 22 release date.
In a statement issued to the press, AFI Fest said of the decision:
AFI Fest celebrates film as a collaborative art form. We support Sony’s decision to postpone the premiere in order to ensure the thousands of people who worked together on this film are honored at a proper time and in a proper light.”
Reshoots in Progress
The majority of Getty’s scenes were solo; Plummer just needs to be ready when the cameras roll. According to Plummer, he doesn’t feel his stepping into the role is that much of a replacement since he was also originally considered during casting.
When asked about it on Megan Kelly Today, Plummer replied,
They’re going to reshoot the whole … that section of the movie. Michelle Williams is going to, and so is Mark Wahlberg. We’re going to redo the whole thing, those poor two guys have to do it all over again.”
Lead actors Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, are on board to rework the necessary scenes with Christopher Plummer and reshoots are in progress. All the Money in the World is about the notorious kidnapping of billionaire J. Paul Getty’s grandson, 16-year-old John Paul Getty III in 1973.
The hope is, by removing Spacey from the film entirely, All the Money in the World won’t drown in the negative muck – quickly pulling Spacey down with no end in sight – and will recapture it’s Oscar buzz.
Christopher Plummer is an A-level talent. If anyone can step in with a fresh take capable of measuring up, he’s on the shortlist.
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