Christopher Plummer to replace Kevin Spacey in completed J. Paul Getty biopic

Christopher Plummer to replace Kevin Spacey in completed J. Paul Getty biopic

Christopher Plummer is set to replace Spacey in the role of J Paul Getty, with reshoots of key scenes expected to start immediately to keep the film's December 22 USA release date.

It is still scheduled to be released on December 22., Variety reported.

All of Spacey's scenes, which only featured him, will now have to be reshot, although co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are also expected to return for re-shoots.

Heather Unruh wiped back tears when she told the story of how the actor bought her 18-year-old son many drinks at a restaurant in Nantucket on July 2016, then touched him inappropriately.

Former US TV news anchor Heather Unruh says her son was assaulted by the star after meeting him in a bar previous year. Spacey allegedly bought her son "drink after drink" and then stuck his hand down the teen's trousers and grabbed his genitals.

Kevin Spacey been cut out of a leading role as United States oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in a film about the 173 kidnapping of the oil tycoon's grandson, weeks before it is due to be released in cinemas.

Unruh said her son panicked and was unable to remove Spacey's hand from his trousers.

All the Money in the World was pulled from AFI Fest in Los Angeles on November 16 after sexual assault allegations were made against Spacey last week.

Plummer will now play USA millionaire and oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in the story about the 1973 kidnapping of his teenage grandson John Paul Getty III.

Though there have been other historical instances where an actor has been replaced during a film's production, recasting a role or conducting extensive reshoots after a film has wrapped is rare, and usually only happens to this extent in the case of an unexpected death - for example, Paul Walker's brothers standing in for reshoots of Furious 7 after his death.

Actor Anthony Rapp and Harry Dreyfuss (the son of Richard Dreyfuss) have also said the actor assaulted them, and London police said they were investigating a 2008 sexual assault reportedly linked to Spacey.

This latest development comes after Netflix axed Spacey's hit show House Of Cards.

Vox has reached out to Spacey's representatives for comment.

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