Kevin Spacey dropped from finished film, role recast

LOS ANGELES -- In a wholly unprecedented move, Kevin Spacey is being cut from Ridley Scott's finished film "All the Money in the World" and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it's supposed to hit theaters. 

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. All of Spacey's scenes will be reshot, the people told The Associated Press. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate. 

Scott, who is known to be an efficient director, is intending to keep the film's Dec. 22 release date. As of Wednesday, the trailer with Spacey was still live on Sony Pictures' YouTube page

Representatives for Scott did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.

The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey, who has also been fired from "House of Cards" and dropped by his talent agency and publicist. 

On Wednesday, former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh said that in 2016, Spacey sexually assaulted her then-18-year-old son in Nantucket. 

Fighting back tears, she said her son was a "star-struck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator, or that he was about to become his next victim."  

"To Kevin Spacey, I want to say this," Unruh told reporters. "Shame on you for what you did to my son." 

The former anchor claims Spacey bought her son several drinks, and eventually stuck his hand in his pants and grabbed the teen's genitals without consent in the crowded, dimly lit club.

"All the Money in the World" was primed for a plush awards season release from distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment and its advertising campaign, which prominently features Spacey, has been public for about a month already. But its plans have been in question since Spacey's reputation has diminished over the past week with harassment allegations growing daily.

The film chronicles the events surrounding the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother's attempt to convince J. Paul Getty, his billionaire grandfather, to pay the ransom.

The 87-year-old Plummer was reportedly Scott's first choice for the role of J. Paul Getty, but the director was pressured into casting a bigger name. Plummer is probably best known for "The Sound of Music." He won his first Oscar in 2012 for the film "Beginners."

One of the people close to the production said that Scott's plan caught Sony by surprise, but the studio is supporting the switch.

The trade publication Deadline first reported the news.