Armie Hammer has stepped away from his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming “Shotgun Wedding” and has dismissed “evil and fake online attacks” against him as the cause.
Hammer was set to begin production on the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be reworked. The news comes after the “Call Me by Your Name” star started pulling on social media last weekend after direct Instagram messages that appeared to be written by Hammer – which have not been verified – were sent.
“I do not respond to these bullshit allegations, but in light of the vicious and false online attacks against me, I can not in good conscience now allow my children for 4 months to shoot a movie in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate supports me in this and I am grateful to them for that, ”Hammer said in a statement.
A production representative said “Armie has asked to step down from the film and we support him in his decision.”
The messages shared graphic sexual fantasies that go as far as cannibalism, where the actor appears to write to a woman in the app that he is “100% cannibal” and wanted to “drink your blood.”
Hammer was most recently seen on Netflix’s “Rebecca” and is also set to reprise his role in the upcoming “Call Me by Your Name” sequel with Timothée Chalamet and directed by Luca Guadagnino. He is also set to star in the Paramount Plus TV series “The Offer,” the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of “The Godfather.”
Elizabeth Wagmeister and Ellise Shafer contributed to this report.