All the Money in the World (2017) Poster


On November 8th, 2017, Sony and the film's production team unanimously opted to replace Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer. The decision was made just over a month prior to the December 22nd wide release. This was the second time Scott was faced with drastic re-shoots during his career. He had previously almost had to abandon Gladiator (2000) due to the untimely death of Oliver Reed.
The reshoots needed to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer took eight days to film at a cost of $10 million. It also involved Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams having to return to the Rome set during the Thanksgiving holiday of 2017.
Director Ridley Scott worked with actor Balthazar Getty, who is the son of John Paul Getty III, on White Squall (1996). With All the Money in the World (2017) Scott is now telling the story of Balthazar Getty's father, who was kidnapped in Italy in 1973.
When the project was in development Angelina Jolie was offered the lead female role of Gail Harris, the mother of John Paul Getty III, but declined. When the project was officially announced, Natalie Portman had been offered the Gail Harris role. However, she had to decline as she was expecting her second baby. Michelle Williams was finally cast.
In replacing Kevin Spacey, Christopher Plummer portrays the grandfather of a character played by Charlie Plummer; the two are, however, not related.
Christopher Plummer claimed he was prepared to replace Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty on short notice because he had previously been considered for the role and had read the script. He had less than two weeks to memorize his lines.
The film was originally going to have its premiere at the AFI Fest, but Sony withdrew the film following a series of sexual assault allegations made against Kevin Spacey.
Originally, Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Jean Paul Getty. but he declined the offer. Kevin Spacey eventually signed on for the role, but was then replaced by Christopher Plummer.
Gary Oldman was considered for the role of J. Paul Getty.
Alongside Alien: Covenant (2017), this film marks the second time Ridley Scott has directed two films released in a single year. The first time was in 2001, when Scott films Hannibal (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001) were released.
The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Timothy Hutton and Christopher Plummer, and two Oscar nominees: Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.
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Filming started on Mark Wahlberg's birthday, June 5th.
After Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer, director Ridley Scott decided not to show Plummer any footage of Spacey in character, or even tell him how Spacey played the scenes. When finished, Scott found both performances to be quite different and equally effective in their own particular styles.
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Timothy Hutton is also an Oscar winner for the movie Ordinary People.
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