Thursday, May 23, 2024

Kevin Spacey Cut Out of Finished Film About Getty Family, Christopher Plummer Will Be Edited In


Everyone wants Kevin Spacey out of their projects. “House of Cards” has haled production to kill him off. Netflix has cancelled Spacey’s Gore Vidal movie. And now the weirdest twist of all: Ridley Scott is editing Spacey out of his movie about J. Paul Getty and replacing him with Christopher Plummer.

No matter that Plummer is two decades or more older than Spacey.

“All the Money in the World” was all finished and ready to be screened for Oscar consideration. Now Scott will have to move fast to reshoot Spacey’s scenes. Luckily Spacey isn’t the star of the movie. The film is about the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, his grandson. But it will be a major enterprise to bring Spacey’s scene partners back in, as well as match the rest of the movie. And all this has to be done quickly to make the December 22 release date. It’s unheard of.

But “All the Money” is key for Sony’s TriStar Pictures. Sony has been living all season on “Spider Man” and “Baby Driver.” They need a prestige movie for the end of the year.

Spacey, meanwhile, has been accused by Boston newscaster Heather Unruh of sexually attacking her son, then 16, two years ago in a Nantucket nightclub. It’s the latest of many charges against Spacey.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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