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 giving birth to her second baby. Michelle Williams was finally cast.
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.