Plummer was spotted on set of the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed thriller on Monday, donning a long black coat and a matching hat for his role as billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.
Following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey, Scott, along with production company Imperative Entertainment, made the unprecedented decision to recast the role with just six weeks until the film’s release.
“It isn’t replacing. In a funny way it’s starting all over again because it’s going to be different, naturally,” Plummer told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of The Man Who Invented Christmas.
Plummer said he was in early talks to play Getty before the House of Cards actor was cast, so there was little hesitation to take on the role.
“I think it’s very sad what happened to him. Kevin is such a talented and a terrifically gifted actor, and it’s so sad. It’s such a shame,” Plummer added, when speaking to Vanity Fair at the screening. “That’s all I can say, because that’s it.”
In All the Money in the World, Spacey had starred as Getty, who at one point was the world’s richest man. Scott’s film tells the story of the infamous kidnapping of Getty’s grandson and the billionaire’s reluctance to pay the ransom. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star in the film, which was recently pulled from AFI Fest due to the controversy surrounding Spacey.
Spacey is currently checked into a specialist treatment facility following the numerous allegations that have been made against him. The actor’s team has not responded to any of the accusations ever since he expressed regret for allegedly making inappropriate sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp, then 14 years old, in 1986. Spacey issued a statement saying he doesn’t remember the alleged incident, apologizing for “for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” and announcing, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”
All the Money in the World is still slated for a Dec. 22 release.