Kevin Spacey dropped from Ridley Scott film and replaced by Christopher Plummer

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The film is expected to open on December 22.

The two-time Oscar victor Kevin Spacey will be replaced by Christopher Plummer in the upcoming movie about oil magnate John Paul Getty.

This could be seen as a risky move given the December 22 release date but maybe not as risky as keeping Kevin Spacey employed in the part.

They've also confirmed that another Spacey project, a Gore Vidal biopic, will not be released.

The news follows a wave of sexual assault allegations made against Spacey by over a dozen people, including multiple accusations of assault on underage victims.

Ridley Scott and Sony Pictures have been spending the last week or so juggling what to do with the upcoming J Paul Getty drama, All The Money In The World.

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It's not entirely clear how Scott ("Blade Runner") will go about inserting Plummer into Spacey's scenes in such a short amount of time, but some use of digital effects are is good bet.

The director also pulled the movie, about the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, from the closing closing-night screening of the AFI Fest.

That date may still change, but Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are returning to reshoot the scenes, and the race is on to hit the now extremely tight deadline. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son's captors become increasingly volatile and brutal.

The report came just hours after a former TV news anchor alleged that Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son past year, at a restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Spacey, 58, did not immediately respond to the allegations.

Spacey's career has been battered in recent weeks following Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp's revelation that he was sexually harassed when he was 14. "I'm beyond horrified to hear his story". Over the past two weeks as allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have mounted, Spacey has been fired from "House of Cards", denied an Emmy award, and dumped by his agent and publicist.

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