With Spacey facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, the 87-year-old Oscar winner will step into the role of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, re-shooting scenes with the plan to keep the film’s current release date of Dec. 22.
“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 his film The Man Who Invented Christmas on Sunday.
Director Ridley Scott, along with production company Imperative Entertainment, made the shocking and unprecedented decision to recast Spacey’s role with six weeks until the film’s release.
“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.
Plummer also told Entertainment Tonight that 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.
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Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp came forward with allegations that a then-26-year-old Spacey made sexual advances towards Rapp when he was just 14. The American Beauty star issued a public apology, though he said he didn’t remember the incident. He also used the statement to come out as gay.
Further allegations have emerged, including a report from CNN with eight people who currently work or previously worked on House of Cards saying the actor created a “toxic” work environment through sexual harassment and “predatory” behavior. Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh accused the actor of putting his hand down her then-18-year-old son’s pants in 2016, and Richard Dreyfuss’ son Harry claimed he was “groped” by Spacey as a teen.
Netflix officially parted ways with Spacey, announcing that if House of Cards continues, it will be without him. The streaming service also shelved his already completed Gore Vidal biopic.