Christopher Plummer talks about replacing Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott's new movie

In a race against time, Ridley Scott cuts out Kevin Spacey

Spacey will be replaced by veteran actor Christopher Plummer in the role of the late US oil tycoon, Jean Paul Getty, in the Ridley Scott-directed drama about the 1973 kidnapping of his then teenage grandson, John Paul Getty III, the three publications reported.

Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere for his new film The Man Who Invented Christmas, Plummer told ET of the claims of sexual harassment being made against Spacey: "The situation is very sad, because [Spacey's] such a talented guy".

“It isnt replacing. In a amusing way its starting all over again because its going to be different, naturally, ” he explained. "The whole circumstance is sad". And then Ridley came to me, and I jumped at it, because I loved the script ...

He's also under no illusions about the gargantuan task of filming the role for a December release, admitting that it will be "quite a push".

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Actor Christopher Plummer (L) is pictured arriving at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario March 13, 2016, and Kevin Spacey (R) is pictured at the 71st Tony Awards in New York City, U.S., June 11, 2017 in this combination of file photos.

In a shocking move, Scott made a decision to pull the thriller amidst the allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving Spacey and re-shoot the scenes with Plummer with the co-operation of stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. "That's all I can say, because that's it". "I've got an offer to play a great role". "I admire Ridley very much", Plummer explained to a gaggle of journalists when he was asked how he became involved. "The situation is very sad".

Plummer doesn't sound too concerned about the tight time frame and turn around, though, insisting, "I am used to big roles and lots of words".

Weeks after multiple men came forward accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct over the years, Scott announced he would be re-shooting several scenes in order to cut out the House of Cards star from the upcoming hostage-thriller. I am very saddened by what happened to Kevin. In the wake of Rapp's claims, Spacey was sacked from Netflix's House of Cards, which will end following its upcoming sixth season.

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