Following the publication of controversial video reports, likely by Armie Hammer, the actor officially dropped the upcoming action comedy Shotgun Wedding, in which he would play alongside Jennifer Lopez. While a studio spokesperson says the reason for his departure is filming time, Hammer himself says he can’t with the best will in the world let his children make the movie because the family is facing false accusations about messages he allegedly sent, which are both violent and sexual in nature. The project should continue, even if Lionsgate Studios, it seems, will recast the role for which Hammer was originally intended.

As the release date of Shotgun Weddings approaches, Army has asked to withdraw from the film and we support him in this decision, a spokesperson for the production company said in a statement, according to Deadline.

Hammer’s statement in The Hollywood Reporter, however, was a bit more direct.

I am not going to engage in these misleading claims, but in light of the vicious and false online attacks I am being subjected to, I cannot in good conscience leave my children for four months to shoot a movie in the Dominican Republic, Hammer shared. Lionsgate is supporting me in this process and I am grateful for it.

Deadline describes the movie Shotgun Wedding, which follows Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (who was to play Hammer) as they reunite their sweet but very stubborn family for a destination wedding just as the couple begins to get the willies. And if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, suddenly everyone’s life is in danger when the entire party is taken hostage.

The new film will be directed by Ryan Reynolds, who was also originally set to play the role of Hammer.

This is a far cry from the initial controversy Hammer unleashed on social media, either through his Instagram account, which has 1.6 million followers, or through his Twitter account, which has nearly 400,000 followers.

When Stan Lee passed away in November 2018, countless fans used social media to describe the creator’s impact and share photos of themselves with the Marvel icon. Hammer saw this behavior more as a way to draw attention to himself, not as a tribute to Lee.

Touched by all the celebrities publishing photos of themselves with Stan Lee, Hammer shared at the time. There’s no better way to immortalize an absolute legend than to hang a picture of yourself.

A few days later, Hammer apologized.

In an attempt to make a pointless social commentary on today’s culture of selfishness, I have inadvertently offended many people who truly mourn the loss of a true icon, the actor wrote. I want to apologize and I will work on my Twitter pulse check.

Through various channels, the agent periodically deleted posts and deactivated accounts.

Stay tuned for more details on the future of Shotgun Weddings.

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