Armie Hammer released a statement (via Variety) regarding his decision not to star in the Lionsgate action comedy “Shotgun Wedding” amid a social media scandal involving him allegedly sending DMs about sexual fantasies. The actor’s statement reads: “I am not responding to these bullshit claims, but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months. to shoot a movie in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate supports me in this area and I am grateful to them. “
A spokesperson for “Shotgun Wedding” announced earlier today that Hammer was leaving the project and that his role would be recast, adding: “Given the impending start date of“ Shotgun Wedding ”, Armie asked s ‘move away from the film and we support him in his decision. Hammer’s last release was Netflix’s “Rebecca”.
Hammer’s casting in “Shotgun Wedding” was announced last October. The project is directed by Jason Moore, the pilot of “Pitch Perfect,” and also stars Jennifer Lopez. The film centers on a couple attending a destination wedding where participants end up being held hostage. Creator of “New Girl” Liz Meriwether and Mark Hammer wrote the screenplay.
Hammer has been all the rage on social media since Sunday after “alleged direct messages from him went public hinting at soured romantic relationships, and escalated to flirtations with cannibalism.” Varietythere reports. Page Six earlier reported that an anonymous social media account under the House of Effie name leaked alleged posts from Hammer, many of which detailed “disturbing sexual fantasies.”
The official synopsis “Shotgun Wedding” of Deadline says, “The movie follows Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (whom Hammer was about to play), who reunite their adorable but very dogged families for the ultimate destination wedding, as the couple start to get cold feet.” And if that wasn’t a sufficient threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s life is in danger when the whole party is held hostage.
Hammer, a Golden Globe nominee for “Call Me By Your Name,” also has “The Billion Dollar Spy” on his list of upcoming projects.