In recent years, reshoots have become a common practice in Hollywood. Whether it's because of story alterations after principal photography concluded or unexpected circumstances requiring new footage being shot, sometimes it's necessary to get the cameras rolling again months later. All the Money in the World's upcoming reshoots, however, are entirely out of the norm. The upcoming Sony movie is a little over a month away from release, and it was reported tonight that Christopher Plummer has been brought in to replace Kevin Spacey as industrialist J. Paul Getty.
In the wake of the sexual assault allegations that have been directed towards Kevin Spacey, Deadline dropped the news that director Ridley Scott, along with Imperative Entertainment's Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, have decided to remove Kevin Spacey from All the Money in the World. Christopher Plummer will portray J. Paul Getty instead, and with the reshoots beginning "immediately," the movie is still expected to keep its December release date. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg will also return for the reshoots. In its own write-up of the news, THR mentioned that Plummer was actually the original choice to play Getty in All the Money in the World, but the Sony executives wanted a bigger name for the role, hence why Spacey was hired.
All the Money in the World's recasting is the latest hit against Kevin Spacey following the numerous allegations made against him, which kicked off late last month when Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp said that Spacey sexually assaulted him back in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. Days later, Netflix cut ties with the actor, which included him being fired from House of Cards and his Gore Vidal biopic being scrapped. The NBC series This is Us also removed a reference to Spacey hours before the episode aired. Going back to All the Money in the World, while Spacey was advertised as one of the movie's leads, he only worked for eight to 10 days on it. Had his involvement been longer, you can bet it would have extremely difficult for Sony to reshoot all of his scenes with Christopher Plummer and still make the original release date. But evidently Ridley Scott and the creative minds involved believed they can still meet that deadline.
Based off the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty, All the Money in the World is a biographical crime thriller about John Paul Getty III being kidnapped by a crime syndicate. When J. Paul Getty refuses to pay the hefty ransom, John's mother, Gail Harris, joins forces with ex-CIA agent Fletcher Chase to free her son and change the elder Getty's mind. Watch the trailer below to get an idea of what the movie all have to offer, only picture Christopher Plummer when Kevin Spacey shows up.
Even with these last-minute reshoots coming, you can still catch All the Money in the World in theaters starting December 22. As for what the year's other remaining movies are, find out looking through our 2017 premiere guide.