Ridley Scott made a bold move and set a precedent when he decided to remove Kevin Spacey from ‘All the Money in the World’ following sexual misconduct accusations against the actor. Don’t expect the ‘Deadpool 2’ filmmakers to follow in Scott’s footsteps, however. Weeks after a story broke accusing the untitled ‘Deadpool’ sequel co-star T.J. Miller of sexual assault, the film’s producer confirmed that since ‘Deadpool 2’ is in its final editing stage, Miller’s performance would likely remain in the film.
In December, an explosive story was released in which an anonymous woman accused actor T.J. Miller of sexual assault. It became the latest allegation against a male celebrity in a sweeping tide of stories involving sexual assaults in Hollywood, and beyond.
Miller is involved with two highly anticipated 2018 releases: ‘Deadpool 2’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One.’ How ‘Ready Player One’ plans to deal with the allegations against Miller remains to be seen, but ‘Deadpool 2’ producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed that Miller’s work in the comic book sequel will likely go unchanged.
In a recent interview, when asked if they would be replacing Miller, Donner said:
“We’re in the final editing, I don’t think so.”
At the end of 2017, Scott made movie history by replacing actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in ‘All the Money in the World.’ The action came on the heels of sexual assault allegations against Spacey – allegations that resulted in the actor being suspended from the Netflix show ‘House of Cards,’ among other things. Rather than potentially damage the film with backlash against Spacey’s presence, quickly reshot all of the actor’s scenes in 19 days with Plummer. Plummer’s role was surprisingly substantial in the final film, and Scott was able to complete the reshoots and release the film in less time than the impending ‘Deadpool 2’ June release date.
In other words, if everyone involved with ‘Deadpool 2’ wanted to, they could realistically reshoot Miller’s scenes, especially since it’s likely that Miller has a less significant role in the film than Plummer did in Scott’s film.
When questioned about the reshoots, Scott said:
“You can sit there and let something kill you, or you can take action…I took action.”
‘Deadpool 2’ opens on June 1, 2018.