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The romantic drama Life in a Year seemed to have enough elements to draw a crowd at the box office: popular stars (Jaden Smith, Cara Delevingne), A-listers on the production team (Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment) and the premise of a young man pledging to give his dying girlfriend an entire life in the year she has left.
But the Mitja Okorn-directed film also has a big fly in the ointment: two supporting players — Cuba Gooding Jr. and Chris D’Elia — who have faced sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks.
Gooding was sued Aug. 18 by a woman accusing him of rape in 2013, following more than half a dozen other misconduct claims that resulted in criminal charges in New York last year, though he has denied all such allegations.
In a June 20 Los Angeles Times report, D’Elia was accused by five women of “sexual improprieties,” including sending explicit messages to women who were underage at the time.
D’Elia, who said in a June 17 statement that he “never knowingly pursued any underage women at any point,” has been dropped by his agents, manager and touring agencies and saw his unscripted Netflix show scrapped.
As for the completed film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that it has found a home at Amazon, which has licensed the title. But as to whether the duo will be edited out or if the film will get a release at all, neither reps for the streamer nor Overbrook returned a request for comment.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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