Armie Hammer's Shotgun Wedding role to be recast amid social media scandal

Armie Hammer has stepped away from his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming Shotgun Wedding, decrying “vicious and spurious online attacks” against him as the cause. Hammer was set to begin production on the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be recast. The news comes after the Call Me […]

Armie Hammer has stepped away from his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming Shotgun Wedding, decrying “vicious and spurious online attacks” against him as the cause.

Hammer was set to begin production on the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be recast. The news comes after the Call Me By Your Name star began trending on social media last weekend after direct Instagram messages that alleged to have been written by Hammer — which have not been verified — were posted.

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“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that,” Hammer said in a statement.

A representative for the production said that “Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.”

The messages alleged to have been sent by Hammer shared graphic sexual fantasies, going as far as cannibalism with the actor appearing to write to a woman on the app that he is “100{4fa4da6f3c1981a5931260717d32c0094736b58085ccaeb4a35ec1939b26e446} a cannibal” and desired to “drink your blood.”

Hammer was most recently seen in Netflix’s Rebecca and is also set to reprise his role in the upcoming Call Me By Your Name sequel with Timothée Chalamet and directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Elizabeth Wagmeister and Ellise Shafter contributed to this report.

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