You may remember that esteemed director and famed badass Sir Ridley Scott has a movie coming out in a few weeks, the Mark Wahlberg/Michelle Williams joint All The Money in the World about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.
You may remember that Kevin Spacey was going to be in it as well, underneath heavy prosthetics, in order to play the billionaire J. Paul Getty, the boy’s grandfather and cheapskate deadbeat when it comes to paying ransoms for kidnapped children. You may also remember that Kevin Spacey has done horrible things, most of which have come to light over the past month and a half, and that Ridley Scott planned to reshoot Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer in the part, his original choice for the role. You may have, like us, chuckled a bit with astonishment when Scott proclaimed he could still have the movie out on its original release date, December 22.
Not one to give up on a project, we’ve received best possible confirmation that Scott’s meeting his deadlines: a brand new trailer for the film, prominently featuring Christopher Plummer doing what he does best.
First things first, the Getty kidnapping is an incredibly odd story, and we’re glad a dude as epically talented as Scott somehow found the time in order to make a film about it. Secondly, we’re so glad for several reasons that Spacey is gone from this project, the most prominent being that his horrific actions finally have had consequence, closely followed by how absolutely dreadful his old-man make up was, and also closely followed by how much we’d rather see Christopher Plummer in this role instead of Spacey to start with. Third, the orchestral version of Kanye’s “Power” that’s used in this trailer is unintentionally hilarious, and it’s somehow still perfectly fitting. Finally, Ridley Scott is in the running for the inaugural Vanyaland Cinematic Badass of the Year award, and it’s with a great deal of pleasure that we announce that it totally makes up for Alien: Covenant, though we realize how firmly in the minority we are on that one.
Here’s a synopsis:
‘All The Money in the World’ follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
All the Money in the World is still, somehow, on track for release on December 22.
Featured image via Sony Pictures.