When the Kevin Spacey scandal hit, and his projects began to evaporate in light speed, Ridley Scott’s All The Money in The World was perhaps the most curious case. The film was already in the can, cut, and set for a big Awards season push, where Spacey himself would take center stage.
Rumors abounded that the movie would be pushed to next summer, which meant it might actually fade into oblivion and become a mysterious movie of Hollywood’s sexual-assault era. Ridley Scott had a better idea: bring in Christopher Plummer to take over for Spacey’s role as J. Paul Getty, reshoot all those scenes, and hit the planned release date of December 22 come hello high water. Because there were too many people involved.
Somehow, some way, Scott has at least executed enough of these reshoots to put a new trailer together for All the Money in The World, which this movie might end up making now. Check it out:
All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
This trailer isn’t just Plummer in isolated, dialogue-free scenes. Ridley Scott has already shot substantial scenes with Plummer. It’s an amazing accomplishment when you step back and think about it.
Ridley Scott is a Boss, and if you need any more proof, he says the reshoots are already finished and this is his response to deciding to take this route:
I was finished with the film and was in [U.K. recording studio] Abbey Road finalizing the music. Someone was like: Guess what? And that’s where it began. I sat and thought about it and realized, we cannot. You can’t tolerate any kind of behavior like that. And it will affect the film. We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple.
This trailer also definitely makes All the Money in The World feel like more of a thriller than the others. We’ll see what it’s all about in LESS THAN A MONTH. Amazing.