Armie Hammer Exits Lionsgate's 'Shotgun Wedding'

The actor has been embroiled in controversy on social media after the circulation of disturbing text messages attributed to him.

Armie Hammer has departed Shotgun Wedding, an upcoming Lionsgate action-comedy starring Jennifer Lopez.

Hammer's exit comes after disturbing comments attributed to the actor surfaced on social media over the weekend. The authenticity of those messages has not yet been verified.

“I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic," Hammer said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that."

In an earlier statement, a production spokesperson said: "Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film, and we support him in his decision."

Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore is helming Shotgun Wedding, which centers on a couple as they gather their families for a destination wedding that sees the entire party taken hostage.

Hammer, known for The Social Network and Call Me by Your Name, last appeared onscreen in Netflix's Rebecca.