Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in 'All the Money in the World'

Originally set for release on December 22, All the Money in the World was a film chock-full of prestige talent with the hopes of figuring prominently into the year's Oscar race. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Kevin Spacey, the film was looking to compete in a number of major categories, with the studio set to give the heaviest push to Spacey in the Best Supporting Actor category. Those plans came to a screeching halt in light of the sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, sending the producers of All the Money in the World into a frenzy trying to figure out how to salvage the picture. It was pulled from the AFI Fest and rumors were swirling that the studio planned to remove the film from the release schedule altogether as they figured out what to do. Now, we have our answer, and it's a pretty unprecedented move.

Director Ridley Scott is immediately commencing on reshoots of All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in the role of J Paul Getty. Not only that, but Scott is said to be determined to still meet the December 22 release date. That would be an extremely fast turn around on the film, which will still need to have a complete marketing overall, with barely over a month to pull it all off.

The good news for everyone involved on All the Money in the World is that Spacey is said to have only worked eight to ten on the film, so the reshoots shouldn't take too long. The cast and crew were unified in the decision to excise Spacey from the film and find a replacement, with Wahlberg and Williams also throwing in their support.

Based on a true story, All the Money in the World's official logline reads "After a young John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) is kidnapped by an organized crime regime, his devoted mother, Gail (Michelle Williams), desperately attempts to convince his wealthy grandfather, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When he refuses, Gail allies herself with Getty's business manager and former CIA operative Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) to set her son free and convince Getty to change his mind before it's too late."

You can watch the original trailer for the film, which includes Spacey, below.