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Sony Pictures to replace Kevin Spacey in upcoming movie just six weeks before release

Actor Kevin Spacey will be replaced in his upcoming movie in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations. (Photo by Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

What happened?

In the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations, Sony Pictures and director Ridley Scott have made the unprecedented move to completely replace Kevin Spacey in their upcoming movie "All the Money in the World," even though production on the film had already been completed.

Who is replacing Spacey?

Longtime actor Christopher Plummer will replace Kevin Spacey in the film, which is based on the 1973 abduction of John Paul Getty III. Spacey was cast as Getty's billionaire grandfather who refused to cooperate with kidnappers attempting to extort him. Although Spacey's presence in the film was minimal, the role is extremely important in the film, according to BuzzFeed.

Spacey no longer appears in promotional material on the film's website, and all marketing materials will have to be scrapped and redone.

Will this affect the movie's release date?

The film is still set to release on Dec. 22, even though the filmmakers will only have six short weeks to re-shoot with Plummer and go through post-production.

Anything else?

TriStar Pictures, which is owned by Sony, made the decision Wednesday to pull the film from the American Film Institute's festival, even though they had already earned the top spot on closing night.

"There are over 800 other actors, writers, artists, craftspeople and crew who worked tirelessly and ethically on this film, some for years, including one of cinema's master directors," TriStar said in a statement. "It would be a gross injustice to punish all of them for the wrongdoings of one supporting actor in the film."

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