Armie Hammer’s Heinous Scandal Proves Studios Can’t Count on Great Reviews

Armie Hammer’s Heinous Scandal Proves Studios Can’t Count on Great Reviews

By Elysee Johnson

Los Angeles, California – But Death on the Nile features an ensemble cast, the disgraced actor Armie HammerThe sexual abuse scandal overshadows the movies Release.

Although Death on the Nile features an ensemble cast, disgraced actor Armie Hammer’s sex abuse scandal overshadows the film’s release. © IMAGO/MediaPunch

By all accounts, the riveting mystery film based on the Agatha Christie classic sounds delightful.

Glitzy 1930s fashion, an all-star cast, and jaw-dropping cinematography are just a few of the things that could easily attract loyal moviegoers.

Unfortunately, the film directed by Kenneth Branagh, which had already suffered several setbacks, was plagued by a downright disturbing scandal surrounding one of the main stars.

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In 2021, Hammer was accused of heinous acts such as rape, BDSM, abuse and – most shockingly – cannibalism.

The fallout from the accusations led the 35-year-old to quit his roles in big movies. He was also dropped by his talent agency, WME, and publicist.

The actor was also replaced by Will Arnett in the film Taika Waititi Next Goal Wins. But Death on the Nile, which is in theaters now, chose not to replace Hammer.

To be fair, the Disney film was completed long before the disturbing allegations were released, as it was originally set to debut in 2019. Still, the actor’s attachment to the film took its toll. Any buzz around the film, if any, has completely dissolved the mystery thriller shimmer.

Although early reviews were positive, the chatter surrounding the Hammer scandal did not die down.

And that leads to a crucial question: why didn’t Disney recast the actor?

Death on the Nile stars Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

Death on the Nile stars Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright. © Imago/Prod.Db

Sorry, Hammer can’t get away with this one

Disney studios chose not to recast the role of Armie Hammer in Death on the Nile despite the controversy surrounding his scandal.

Disney studios chose not to recast the role of Armie Hammer in Death on the Nile despite the controversy surrounding his scandal. © Imago/Prod.Db

It wasn’t much of a shock that Hammer tried to do damage control and abandon projects that would likely have fired him.

But why didn’t the thriller film choose to replace it?

The film was essentially pushed back three years, which would have been more than enough time to resume its scenes.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney considered reshooting Hammer’s scenes with a replacement after the allegations surfaced. But clearly the studio didn’t, because it would have cost Disney more money.

Still, it’s still surprising that the company hasn’t removed the star as many artists have been cut from shows, movies, and other pre- or post-production.

Gina Carano has been fired from The Mandalorian after making a series of controversial social media posts. And Johnny Depp has been asked to quit his role as Grindelwald in Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts franchise. Studios.

Considering the enormity of Death on the Nile, it would have been a good idea to recast Hammer, especially since the actor’s scandal overshadows his costars’ performances.

The studio has taken down promotional posters for him and his scenes in trailers have been scaled back – which amounts to a slap on the wrist.

Realistically, the idea that the Call Me by Your Name star will continue to work with Disney is ludicrous.

Still, it’s a mystery that didn’t need to be solved, as keeping Hammer seemingly took away the appeal of the film.

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