After Taking Over For Armie Hammer, Shotgun Wedding’s Josh Duhamel Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Praising Jennifer Lopez’s Work On Set

Josh Duhamel in Jupiter's Legacy and Jennifer Lopez in Second Act
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Jennifer Lopez fans are about to see the actress get married not once, but twice on the big screen between her two upcoming films Marry Me and Shotgun Wedding. The latter will have her playing off of Josh Duhamel following Armie Hammer’s prior exit from the role. The Jupiter Legacy star has wrapped his work with JLo, and he’s really hyping up his experience on the film with her.

Josh Duhamel was the third actor to be cast in his role in Shotgun Wedding, but given he’s the only one who actually got to play fiancé to Jennifer Lopez’s character, the third time's most certainly the charm. Prior to Duhamel, Ryan Reynolds was attached to the role in 2019, and Armie Hammer previously replaced him before dropping out in early 2021. Here’s what Duhamel had to say about his time working with Lopez:

She is a force of nature, that girl. She's a lot of fun to work with. I had known her for years, but I had never had a chance to work with her. I mean, she's super professional, she’s a lot of fun, she's funny, and we just clicked right off the bat.

It sounds like JLo is a dream of a co-star, per the actor’s words to ET Online. Shotgun Wedding will see Josh Duhamel and the Hustlers actress play Tom and Darcy, a couple getting ready for a destination wedding they are getting cold feet about. Amidst the festivities, the entire wedding party is taken hostage, and the duo must work together to save them from the danger. Get it? It’s a literal shotgun wedding!

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The movie was filmed early this year from February to late April in Boston and the Dominican Republic. Shotgun Wedding has long been in the works, originally set to film in the summer of 2019. Armie Hammer was cast in the lead role in late 2020, but has since been the center of multiple assault allegations, leading him to drop out of this and all other projects he had in the works. Hammer checked into a treatment program for drug, alcohol and sex problems in June.

Despite the film dealing with a few bumps in the road, Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel sound like they could be an electric rom-com match. Both of them have dived into the genre on multiple occasions over the years, and it helps that the two actors knew each other prior to playing a couple on set.

Shotgun Wedding is expected to come out on June 29, 2022, the week after Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is released and one week prior to Minions: The Rise of Gru. Until then, J-Lo is living a rom-com of her own and Duhamel voices Two-Face in Batman: The Long Halloween, which concludes with with Part Two on July 27.

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