Disney and 20th Century released a new trailer yesterday for Kenneth Branagh’s problematic ensemble thriller “Death on the Nile.”
Yes, they are moving forward with it, despite a few casting glitches – i.e. stars alleged cannibal/rapist Armie Hammer, and increasingly looney anti-vaxxers Letitia Wright and Russell Brand.
In fact, Hammer’s face barely appears in the trailer alongside co-star Gal Gadot. Lots of shoulder, 3/4 profiles, and the back of his head though. Gotta love the editors on this one.
it’s this shot for me lmfaooooo pic.twitter.com/xW5neNBsiS— Shon (@gayblackvet) December 21, 2021
Page Six details the problems Disney had with possibly replacing a star in a movie that had been shot in pre-pandemic 2019.
Disney had considered multiple options to replace Hammer in the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. One route was to reshoot with a new star, similar to how Ridley Scott reshot 2017’s “All the Money in the World” following accusations against Kevin Spacey. The disgraced Oscar winner was replaced by the late Christopher Plummer, who filmed his scenes in just eight days.
However, that option wasn’t possible due to the pandemic and the large cast, sources told the Hollywood Reporter. Disney also had the choice of using digital technology to edit or fix the flick. But alas, the large scale of the ensemble cast and the amount of complex storylines weaved through the film led to this option not being used.
So he stays. But that doesn’t mean they have to promote him. Watch the trailer below (where his face barely appears).
Hammer, you will recall, was accused earlier this year of “violently” raping a woman named Effie. He also allegedly sent several women graphic sexual messages. He’s denied the allegations, but has seen his career plunge in the months since. He checked himself into rehab in June. He left the facility on Dec. 11 and flew back home to the Cayman Islands.
Will you be watching this mess of a movie? (It doesn’t even look as fun as the original. Why bother?)
Other stars include Annette Benning, Jennifer Saunders, Ali Fazal, Rose Leslie, Adam Garcia, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman and more.
(via The New York Post)