Armie Hammer has dropped out of an upcoming film starring Jennifer Lopez after messages allegedly sent by the actress were leaked online. Hammer has described the messages and reactions on social media on them as an online attack, calling them evil and fake.
Hammer, star of films including The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name, was set to appear opposite Lopez in the action comedy Shotgun Wedding. However, he will no longer take the role.
A production spokesman told the PA News Agency: “Given the impending launch date for Shotgun Wedding, Armie has asked to step down from the film and we support him in his decision.”
Hammer, 34, became the focus of comments on social media over the weekend after explicit and disturbing messages allegedly sent by him were circulated online.
Hammer said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday: “I do not respond to these obscene allegations, but in light of the vicious and false online attacks against me, I can not in good conscience let my children for four months after shooting a movie in The Dominican Republic. Lionsgate supports me in this and I am grateful to them for it. ”
Shotgun Wedding is directed by Pitch Perfect filmmaker Jason Moore and follows a couple who get cold feet before having to walk at a time. Things get further complicated when the wedding party is hijacked by criminals.
Hammer played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network and starred opposite Timothee Chalamet in the acclaimed drama, Call Me By Your Name.
He recently appeared opposite Lily James in a Netflix adaptation of Rebecca.
• With press association