Wow. Can they really pull this off?
Director Ridley Scott's movie "All the Money in the World" was already done. It's still planning to keep its current release date of December 22. But it does not want to keep Kevin Spacey anymore, after the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. So they're really going to do something wild -- replace Spacey with Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world.
The film's trailer came out in September, featuring Spacey looking nearly unrecognizable as Getty:"All the Money in the World" -- costarring Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg -- is about the kidnapping of Getty's grandson, with the billionaire reluctant to pay the ransom. (FYI, the 16-year-old grandson is played by Charlie Plummer, but there seems to be no relation to Christopher Plummer.)
Since they aged Spacey and really made him stretch for the role, it does seem like Christopher Plummer could probably step in, skip the hair and makeup transformation, and fill the role of the cold patriarch with ease. This is in his wheelhouse.
Ridley Scott's movie was pulled from the upcoming AFI Fest thanks to the Spacey allegations, and they clearly don't want to be attached to those headlines anymore. So they're erasing him from the film in the eleventh hour.
After the replacement news came out, the Internet had a little bit too much fun with the idea:
let's go ahead and have Christopher Plummer replace Kevin Spacey in everything pic.twitter.com/azXKuc2Dhu
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 9, 2017
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) November 9, 2017
— Gary Weinberg (@gary_weinberg) November 9, 2017
Is it too late to have Christopher Plummer host last year's Tonys?
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 9, 2017
According to Entertainment Weekly, "All the Money in the World" reshoots are expected to begin soon, and even though we're only six weeks out, they still plan to release the movie starting Friday, Dec. 22.
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In 1973, kidnappers demand $17 million from billionaire J. Paul Getty in exchange for his grandson's release. Getty refuses to pay the perpetrators a single penny despite the desperate pleas from his former daughter-in-law Gail and adviser Fletcher Chase. With nowhere else to turn, Gail and Fletcher soon become unlikely allies in a race against time to save the teen's life. Read More