3:03pm PT by Rick Porter
Armie Hammer Exits 'Godfather' Making-Of Series at Paramount+
Armie Hammer has departed The Offer, a Paramount+ series about the making of The Godfather.
The actor's exit from the show comes amid controversy over graphic messages he allegedly sent several women over social media.
Paramount+ — the ViacomCBS streaming platform that's set to succeed CBS All Access in March — and The Offer producer Paramount TV Studios declined comment.
The Offer chronicles the making of the classic film through the eyes of producer Al Ruddy, who was to be played by Hammer. The 10-part series comes from writer and executive producer Michael Tolkin (The Player, Escape at Dannemora).
Hammer's departure from the project follows his exit from Lionsgate's feature Shotgun Wedding, where he was set to star opposite Jennifer Lopez. (Josh Duhamel is in talks to replace him in the film.) His exit there came after the revelation of disturbing messages — as yet unverified — that were posted to an Instagram account run by a woman who said she had an affair with Hammer. The messages contain graphic descriptions sexual fantasies that include abuse and even cannibalism.
Several other women have since said they experienced similar exchanges with the Call Me By Your Name star. Hammer has denied the allegations. "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 about leaving Shotgun Wedding. "Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that."
Variety first reported the news.