1. Kevin Spacey, All the Money in the World
In late October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when he was 14. In the aftermath of this story, more men came forward with accusations. Spacey’s fall from grace was swift, but at first, it remained unclear what would happen to his pending projects.
Sony Pictures, in particular, was in a jam, as Spacey starred in their new movie All the Money in the World, set to open on Dec. 22. Sony first decided to cancel the film’s premiere at AFI Fest, but said in a statement that it would still release the film in theaters in December. The studio argued a movie is the collective work of thousands of people who shouldn’t be punished because of the behavior of one supporting actor.
But director Ridley Scott evidently wasn’t satisfied with this. On Nov. 8, Deadline reported that Scott planned to instead remove Spacey from the movie and reshoot all of his scenes with a different actor: Christopher Plummer.
This unprecedented move is shocking for two reasons. First of all, an actor getting completely replaced in a movie after his role had already been filmed basically never happens. It’s also shocking because Scott is reshooting significant chunks of a movie that’s still scheduled for release in a month.
Whether Scott can get this done by Dec. 22 remains to be seen, but he’s known for being a fast worker, so it’s certainly possible. Still, if there were doubts that Spacey’s career is over, this announcement puts those to rest.