Kevin Spacey Being Removed From Upcoming Film

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Ridley Scott, the British director of the thriller All The Money In the World, has made a decision to replace Spacey even though the film was finished weeks ago.

The film is expected to open on December 22.

The trailer for "All The Money in the World", which tells the story of the kidnapping of Getty's 16-year-old grandson in Italy in 1973, shows Spacey as the fearsome patriarch who infamously refused to pay a ransom to secure the boy's release.

The announcement came Wednesday night, just hours after former TV news anchor Heather Unruh accused him of sexually assaulting her 18-year-old son last year.

Christopher Plummer will take over Spacey's role in the film, which despite the last-minute change, is still set for release on December 22, reports CNN.

I write this all keeping in mind that, in addition to Scott's decision being the right one, it must have been motivated in large part by Spacey's newfound status within Hollywood as a financial liability-the scandal would likely have tanked the movie.

WATCH: The mother of a young man alleging sexual assault against actor Kevin Spacey gave details about the allegations in Boston, Massachusetts. That move resulted after a weekend of back and forth, with Scott and Friedkin in particular incensed that the sordid allegations against Spacey might doom a film that Scott dropped everything to direct, and on which so many people worked hard and did not deserve to see the results hobbled in the marketplace because of the taint of scandal.

"All the Money In The World" is the latest project to distance itself from Spacey.

Former US TV news anchor Heather Unruh says her son was assaulted by the star after meeting him in a bar past year.

After the allegations were levelled against Kevin Spacey, Netflix also cut ties with the actor.

He apologized on October 30 to actor Anthony Rapp, the first person to accuse Spacey of sexual assault.

Vox has reached out to Spacey's representatives for comment.

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