Disney Stands Firm: No Recasting for Armie Hammer in Death on the Nile Amid Controversy Over Alleged Cannibalism, Plus Implications for Co-Star Gal Gadot and Reshoots

According to an article from Variety, Disney’s upcoming detective thriller Death on the Nile, featuring Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot, will reportedly not be recasting despite the numerous allegations against Hammer. Sources revealed that studio executives are not considering reshooting or recasting Hammer’s role due to the high costs and logistical difficulties it would entail, given the packed schedules of the cast. Furthermore, the movie is already in the can and ready for release after several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a new release date set for February 2022.

Oh no: Disney's detective thriller Death on the Nile starring Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot is reportedly not planning on recasting despite a host of allegations against their lead actor, according to Variety

Disney’s upcoming detective thriller, Death on the Nile, starring Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer, is reportedly moving forward with its original cast despite the numerous allegations against Hammer. As per Variety, Hammer has an agreement to promote the movie, although his participation might be limited due to his recent issues, which include rape accusations and leaked texts regarding cannibalism. Originally set for a December 2019 release, the film was postponed multiple times due to the pandemic and box office failures of other movies. The movie now faces additional controversy as Hammer faces cannibalism allegations.

Not great: In addition, the film is already packaged and ready to be released after being pushed back multiple times due to COVID-19, with a new date set for February 2022

Could be better: Moreover, the movie has been prepared for release despite facing several delays caused by the pandemic. As a result, it now has a fresh premiere date scheduled for February 2022.

Moving back: Disney's detective thriller Death on the Nile starring Armie Hammer was pushed back to a February 2022 release date, according to Variety

Disney’s upcoming detective thriller, Death on the Nile, featuring Armie Hammer in the lead role, has been postponed yet again and is now set to hit theaters in February 2022, as reported by Variety. The movie is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel and is the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster Murder on the Orient Express. The story revolves around Detective Poirot’s investigation of a murder on a lavish river cruise down the Nile. Despite being initially scheduled for release on Dec. 20, 2019, through 20th Century Studios, the movie’s release date was changed several times, with Oct. 9, 2020, Oct. 23, and Dec. 18, before finally settling on February 2022.


Oh no: The film had originally been scheduled for a December 2019 release date, but was pushed back multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and underperformances by other feature films at the box office

Uh-oh: The movie was supposed to come out in December 2019 but got delayed a few times because of COVID-19 and other movies not doing well at the box office.

Glitzy: Gal Gadot, Leticia Wright and Kenneth Branagh co-star in the adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery which serves as the sequel to 2017's hit Murder on the Orient Express

The star-studded cast of Gal Gadot, Leticia Wright, and Kenneth Branagh will be featured in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel, serving as a sequel to the successful Murder on the Orient Express that was released in 2017. However, Death on the Nile was removed from the movie theater schedule in November last year, along with Free Guy, but was later set for release on September 17, 2021. Unfortunately, leaked texts containing explicit content about BDSM, cannibalism, and drug abuse led to Armie Hammer’s removal from the Jennifer Lopez film Shotgun Wedding earlier this year. In addition, private Instagram posts were leaked, showing Hammer bragging about passing a drug test despite having DMT in his system and sharing a picture of a woman wearing lingerie on all fours.

Here we go: Set on a glamorous river cruise down the Nile, Detective Poirot's luxurious holiday becomes a murder investigation when someone on the boat turns up dead

Embark on an opulent voyage along the Nile with Detective Poirot, where his serene vacation transforms into a perplexing homicide inquiry upon the discovery of a deceased individual onboard the ship.

Whoops: The movie was initially set to be release on Dec. 20, 2019 through 20th Century Studios, and then received an Oct. 9, 2020 release date, only to be moved once again to Oct. 23, then to Dec. 18

Oopsie daisy! The film had a planned release date of December 20, 2019 under the production of 20th Century Studios. However, it was postponed and rescheduled for October 9, 2020. But wait, there’s more! The release date was changed again to October 23, and then finally moved to December 18.


On January 14, Armie responded to the accusations, stating that he will not dignify them with a response. However, due to the malicious and unfounded online attacks against him, he cannot, in good conscience, leave his children behind for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Recently, the Los Angeles police has initiated an investigation into rape allegations made against him after a former partner filed a complaint. According to the alleged victim, Armie ‘violently raped’ her for more than four hours in 2017 and subjected her to mental, emotional, and sexual abuse during their on-and-off four-year relationship. Additionally, she claims that the actor, whom she met on Facebook the previous year, repeatedly slammed her head against the wall and struck her feet with a riding crop to the point where she could not walk.

Moving around: Death on the Nile was then completely removed from the theatrical release schedule in November 2020 ¿ along with Free Guy ¿ until the following month when it was given a Sept. 17, 2021 release date

Shifting gears: The film Death on the Nile was initially taken off the list of movies to be shown in theaters in November 2020, along with Free Guy. However, it was later rescheduled for release on September 17, 2021.

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