“Just like that, he’s gone.”
Following an unprecedented turnaround unlike any in the history of film, we now have our first footage of Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty. Word came just a few weeks ago that Kevin Spacey would be replaced in the film due to numerous sexual assault allegations and that Plummer would be taking over the role. Plummer was originally director Ridley Scott’s first choice, but Sony suggested to use the more familiar name in Spacey for the coveted role.
The film has been back in production and Ridley Scott has been working furiously to make the release date of December 22nd. The film skipped its AFI premier and perhaps that would’ve signaled that the film would wait until sometime next year to release, but with another J. Paul Getty adaption from a rival company in the works, Sony felt like they had to be first. Now comes the first footage of Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in a new TV spot.
During the reshoots, EW caught up with Scott and actress Michelle Williams of the reshoots. When talking to Williams, she said “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 for his part is excited about the prospect of releasing the film on December 22nd. He said in that executives were questioning his ability to turn it around, “They were like, “You’ll never do it. God be with you.”” Scott is confident he can deliver the film on time and Academy judges will be able to see the film to vote for year-end awards as well. The shoot is supposed to end on November 29th, add in some final touches, and then be ready for release.