See Christopher Plummer replace Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World photo
We now know what Christopher Plummer will look like replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World. The movie, which is directed by Ridley Scott, will feature Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty, an 81-year-old media mogul who refuses to pay the ransom after his grandson (Charlie Plummer) is kidnapped. His mother Gail (Michelle Williams) has to team up with a fixer and former CIA operative (Mark Wahlberg) to try to get her son back.
Spacey was dropped from the finished film after sexual misconduct allegations started to surface surrounding the House of Cards actor. Scott brought back Williams and Wahlberg for a rush of reshoots over Thanksgiving week, Nov. 20 to Nov. 29, adding a reported $10 million onto the film's $40 million budget. Complicating the matter even further was the fact that Scott chose not to push the film's Dec. 22 release date, resulting in a huge time crunch.
"I'm so very proud to be a part of this– we're all here for Ridley," Williams, who said she was shocked when she heard about the Spacey allegations, told Entertainment Weekly, who shared the new image of Plummer in the film. "When this idea was hatched, I immediately started to feel better. This doesn't do anything to ease the suffering of people who were all too personally affected by Kevin Spacey, but it is our little act of trying to right a wrong. And it sends a message to predators— you can't get away with this anymore. Something will be done."
Scott seemed to be in his element directing the reshoots. The director said he was working on the music for the film when he first heard the allegations about Spacey, and he knew right away that something had to be done. "There's no time for pondering," he said. "Sometimes you've got to lay down the law… You can't tolerate any kind of behavior like that. And it will affect the film. We cannot let one person's action affect the good work of all these other people. It's that simple."
Scott immediately set about recasting the role, and Plummer was the first name that came to mind. He flew to New York to meet with the actor, who agreed to sign on to the role. He then went about wrangling his other actors for the reshoots. One thing that he never did, though, was call Spacey to talk about the replacement. "If he had called me and said, 'Hey, look, this is the way it is and I'm really sorry,' then I'd have handled it slightly differently," Scott said.
The director said that he never considered pushing the release date back for the film, which is aiming for Academy Awards consideration. "I know I can deliver," he said. "I move like lightning." Scott has been taking footage filmed each day straight to the editing room, putting everything he shoots each day into the final cut right away. "After a while you learn to trust and listen to your intuition," he said. "And I listen to mind. I trust it."
All the Money in the World is still set for a Dec. 22 release. You can view the image of Plummer as J. Paul Getty below.