Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) is to be replaced with Christopher Plummer (Up) in All the Money in the World, a completed movie that is slated for theatrical release on Dec. 22. The reshoots are said to be happening immediately to keep that release date.
The movie was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) and also stars Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) and Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job). Deadline says the two stars are in for the reshoots while The Hollywood Reporter and Variety only say they are expected to return. Variety writes that Spacey shot for about two weeks on the film with plenty of material by himself.
Deadline says this past weekend saw a “back and forth” and an urge from Scott and producer Dan Friedkin (The Square) to do the movie justice that people worked hard on. THR claims Scott made the “expensive” decision “unilaterally” and told Sony late Wednesday. The movie was set to premiere at AFI Fest next week, but Sony pulled the movie from the festival on Tuesday. You can watch the trailer below for a laugh.
All the Money in the World tells the true story of a mother (Williams) trying to get her kidnapped son back with the help of an ex-CIA operative who is also her father’s business manager (Wahlberg). Spacey played the billionaire father of Williams’ character who refuses to pay a ransom to get his grandson back.
THR says Plummer was the original choice for the role until the studio wanted a bigger name. Ridley Scott won that round.