Armie Hammer will no longer star in the upcoming television show The Offer, which follows Al Ruddy’s time producing the cinema classic The Godfather.
Armie Hammer will not be starring in the upcoming series The Offer. The actor, known for his performances in critically acclaimed films such as Call Me By Your Name and The Social Network, leaves the show in the wake of a social media controversy.
The Offer, a 10-episode limited series set to release on Paramount+, explores film producer Al Ruddy’s experience working on the 1972 cinema classic The Godfather, based on the novel by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The Academy-Award winning producer has also worked on other popular films including Million Dollar Baby and both iterations of The Longest Yard, for which the source material is actually based on a story by him. The show will be written by Michael Tolkin, whose previous work includes the Emmy-nominated miniseries Escape at Dannemora. Tolkin will also be executive producing alongside Nikki Toscano, Leslie Grief, and, of course, Ruddy himself. It was originally announced last December that Armie Hammer would play Al Ruddy.
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However, it looks like The Offer is in need of a new star. As reported by Variety, Hammer will no longer be a part of the meta behind-the-scenes look at one of Hollywood’s most beloved films. The Offer is the second project he’s exited this month.
This announcement follows the news of Hammer’s exit from the upcoming romantic comedy film Shotgun Wedding, in which he was meant to play the leading man opposite Jennifer Lopez. Hammer dropped out of the film due to harassment and controversy online after a number of alleged screenshots of his Instagram direct messages leaked and went viral, depicting him discussing explicit and gratuitous sexual fantasies which include rape and cannibalism. Upon the news of his exit from Shotgun Wedding, Hammer released a statement expressing his worries about leaving his family for long periods of time to film, due to the accusations which he called “bullsh*t claims” and “vicious and spurious online attacks.”
It’s unclear how or when Hammer plans to move forward with his career. He does have several projects that are completed but as yet unreleased, including Death on the Nile with Kenneth Branagh and a thriller called Crisis with Gary Oldman. It’s almost certain that these films will not be delayed solely due to Hammer’s recent controversy, but it could affect how much he promotes them. Only time will tell how Hammer moves on from this but, for now, Josh Duhamel has replaced him in Shotgun Wedding and his role in The Offer has yet to be recast.
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