Deadline is reporting that Armie Hammer has departed Lionsgate’s action comedy Shotgun Wedding, following alleged leak messages about his sexual fantasies were trending online earlier in the week.
Armie Hammer released a statement to the outlet saying:
I’m not responding to these bullshit 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.
A production spokesman on Shotgun Wedding added:
Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.
Lionsgate will now begin the search to recast the role for the film to star opposite Jennifer Lopez.
The film follows Darcy and Tom, who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage.
The screenplay is written by Mark Hammer and Liz Meriwether, with Jason Moore attached to direct. Mandeville’s Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will serve as producers on the project alongside Nuyorican Productions’ Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. Alex Young will be overseeing production on the project, as well as serving as executive producer alongside Courtney Baxter, Ryan Reynolds and George Dewey.