Hammer Dropped From “Billion Dollar Spy”

Hammer Dropped From Billion Dollar Spy

Hammer Dropped From Billion Dollar Spy

Armie Hammer has been dropped from another film, this time the Cold War-era thriller “Billion Dollar Spy” which hails from filmmaker Amma Asante and co-stars Mads Mikkelsen reports Variety.

The title was the last remaining film on Hammer’s slate, meaning every studio that was in business with Hammer prior to the allegations has now officially cut ties with the actor.

Hammer’s career has been in freefall since accusations by multiple women began to surface on social media in January. In more recent weeks, a former partner of Hammer came forward publicly earlier this month with a rape allegation with a Los Angeles Police Department sexual assault investigation currently active that reportedly has Hammer as the lead suspect.

Hammer, via his attorney, has denied the rape allegation and has maintained that any interaction with any sexual partner he’s been involved with has been consensual.

Before the LAPD investigation, Hammer was dropped by WME and had been fired from two high-profile projects – the J-Lo romantic comedy “Shotgun Wedding” and the ‘making of The Godfather’ event series for the Paramount+ service.

The only outstanding movie on Hammer’s radar was a potential “Call Me By Your Name” sequel that remains without a script and was never actually greenlit. Whether that will even go ahead now is unclear, though the film’s director Luca Guadagnino and co-star Timothee Chalamet are reportedly re-teaming for a cannibal love story based on Camille DeAngelis’ novel “Bones and All”.

That just leaves two films Hammer had already shot prior to the allegations that hadn’t yet opened – Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” and Taika Waititi’s “Next Goal Wins”.

The latter doesn’t have a release date as yet and it’s not clear how much involvement Hammer actually has (Michael Fassbender is the lead actor there).

‘Nile’ is trickier. The film has been delayed almost a full year to late February 2022 and is specifically designed as a tentpole feature – meaning it’s unlikely to be buried. Hammer’s character of Simon Doyle is also essential to the story and arguably the film’s second male lead behind only Branagh’s Hercule Poirot himself.

Deadline reports there’s no plans at present for an “All the Money in the World” style scenario with reshoots around the role – complicated by not just the amount of screen time but the nature of the huge ensemble cast and the costs that would be involved. More likely is the actor will be removed from marketing materials.

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