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 appeared to be written by Hammer — which have not been verified — were posted.
The messages 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% a cannibal” and desired to “drink your blood.”
Armie Hammer: “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” https://t.co/Nk3D5FLVlV
— Variety (@Variety) January 13, 2021