Armie Hammer has left the Paramount+ series, “The Offer,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
The series tells the behind-the-scenes story about the making of “The Godfather,” considered among the greatest movies ever. Hammer was set to play “Godfather” producer Al Ruddy.
Reps for Hammer and Paramount+ did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Hammer dropped out of “The Offer” a few weeks after he left the film “Shotgun Wedding” with Jennifer Lopez. His decision to leave both projects comes after leaked messages purporting to detail the star’s sex life, including a supposed interested in cannibalism and rape fantasies, surfaced on an Instagram account under the name House of Effie.
Hammer has vehemently denied the legitimacy of the DMs.
“I’m not responding to these bulls— claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” the actor said in a statement earlier this month.
The real Ruddy will be an executive producer on the 10-episode limited series with Michael Tolkin, Nikki Toscano and Leslie Greif. Tolkin will write the series, which is based on Ruddy’s experience making the 1972 film. Paramount TV Studios is the studio.
Paramount+ is the upcoming name of the soon-to-be-rebranded CBS All Access streaming service, which will take effect on March 4. “The Offer” was one of the more high-profile projects for the new streaming service, which will debut with the newest “Spongebob” movie and a spinoff TV series, “Kamp Koral.”
Variety was first to report the news about Hammer dropping out of “The Offer.”