Director Ridley Scott says that once he heard the accusations of sexual misconduct made against Kevin Spacey, he knew he would have to replace the actor in his new movie, All the Money in the World.
It meant having to get Christopher Plummer on board to replace Spacey and co-stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg to agree to reshoot their scenes, but it worked out, Scott told Entertainment Weekly, and he still plans on hitting the original release date of Dec. 22. "There's no time for pondering," he said. "Sometimes you've got to lay down the law. You have to!" Williams agreed with Scott's decision to replace Spacey with Plummer, saying the move sends "a message to predators — you can't get away with this anymore. Something will be done."
The scenes were redone during Thanksgiving week, reportedly at a cost of $10 million (the original budget is believed to have been around $40 million). The movie is based on the 1973 kidnapping of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty's grandson, with first Spacey, and now Plummer, playing Getty. Scott said he wasn't worried about getting all of the scenes shot again in such a short amount of time and never even dreamt of postponing the release until 2018, because he moves "like lightning." What was most important to him was not letting "one person's action affect the good work of all these other people. It's that simple."