The film is due to be released in the US on December 22nd, with the UK date being January 5th 2018, and in an astonishing turn of events, Deadline have reported that following all the allegations about Kevin Spacey‘s private life, people close to the production, who weren’t meant to spill the beans, confirmed yesterday that Plummer will soon start reshoots for the role of Jean Paul Getty, for all of Spacey’s scenes, and co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.
The original trailer for the movie was released in September, and it was only last weekend that I saw it advertised just before Murder on the Orient Express, and while the law states someone is innocent before being proved guilty, I was wondering how it would fare in the light of everything that’s been in the press.
In the movie, masked men kidnap a teenage boy named John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer). His grandfather (up until now, played by Spacey), is the richest man in the world, a billionaire oil magnate, but he’s notoriously miserly. His favourite grandson’s abduction is not reason enough for him to part with any of his fortune. The film follows Gail (Williams), Paul’s devoted, strong-willed mother, who unlike Getty, has consistently chosen her children over his fortune.
Her son’s life in the balance with time running out, she attempts to sway Getty even as her son’s mob captors become increasingly more determined, volatile and brutal. When Getty sends his enigmatic security man Fletcher Chace (Wahlberg) to look after his interests, he and Gail become unlikely allies in this race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
So there’s some interesting casting which should making this worth a watch, even if I didn’t *get it* from the off.
Apparently, Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, Return of the Pink Panther) was Ridley Scott’s first choice for the role in question, but he was pressured into casting a bigger name. Despite being 87, he only won his first Oscar in 2012 for his role in Beginners, opposite Ewan McGregor.
At this time, the Blu-ray and DVD release of Baby Driver – also distributed by Sony – is still going ahead next Monday, and I will be bringing a review of that soon, but following this, and with Netflix severing all ties with Kevin Spacey over House of Cards, it looks like Baby Driver will be the actor’s very last film, at least to get a cinema release, since many a disgraced actor has still gone on to have a comeback in Hollywood.
And kudos to this chap for his earlier tweet about it…
Ridley Scott: "Quick… I need a plumber!"
Christopher Plummer: "I'm available."
Ridley: "How much?"
Plummer: "All the Money in the World."
— Jeremy Levy (@jewgravy) November 9, 2017
In the meantime, check out the trailer for the original version below and click on the above poster for the full-size image.
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