Kenneth Branagh’s movie adaption of Agatha Christie’s ‘Death On The Nile’ is facing another delay for the theatrical release following allegations and the subsequent police investigation into sexual assault claims against the film’s star Armie Hammer.
Walt Disney Pictures made the call to push the film to February 2022, AV Club reports. They acquired the rights to the movie after its acquisition of 20th Century Fox. With the Los Angeles Police Department investigating Hammer, the production company is trying to decide what to do, not wanting to risk a flop. Reshooting would be “nearly impossible to pull off” citing the massive amount of screentime Hammer’s character has and the large ensemble cast including Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Russell Brand, Dawn French, and Jennifer Saunders who have moved on to other projects.
The movie has already been delayed six times, due to the Fox buyout and then over cinema closures during the coronavirus lockdowns.
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Hammer faces allegations of rape and sexual assault following leaked private messages where ‘The Lone Ranger’ actor mentioned some bizarre fantasies including cannibalism. According to People Magazine, a young woman came forward with rape charges leading to a subsequent police investigation by the LAPD. Hammer is denying all of the allegations.
‘Death on the Nile’ is not the only movie to be affected by the police investigation against the ‘Social Network’ star. Hammer exited the Amma Asante directed Cold War thriller ‘Billion Dollar Spy,’ where he was set to be co-stars with Mads Mikkelsen. Hammer departed the Watergate scandal miniseries ‘Gaslit’ and was replaced by Josh Duhamel in the Jennifer Lopez film ‘Shotgun Wedding.’
His minor role in the Taika Waititi film ‘Next Goal Wins’ has been cut from the film by production company Searchlight.
Future projects were also cast in doubt after his talent agency and longtime publicist both ceased representing him.
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