Death on the Nile: the Armie Hammer scandal could harm the film's career

Postponed 5 times because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is now announced in February 2022. The cause of this long postponement? The scandal linked to the rape accusations against Armie Hammer.

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Recently fired from the shoots of Shotgun Stories, Billion Dollar Spy and The Offer behind the scenes of The Godfather, following the rape charges of which it is the object, the actor Armie Hammer continues to embarrass Hollywood.

In particular Disney which, after having had to postpone Kenneth Branagh’s film, Death on the Nile due to the Covid-19 pandemic several times, is now stuck because of the “Armie Hammer scandal”.

The American actor indeed holds the first male role of the feature film adapted from the work of Agatha Christie. It is therefore difficult for the studio to cut its scenes, and to shoot reshoots with another actor would cost millions of dollars and would be impossible to organize given the schedules of the actor’s co-stars.

According to Variety, postponing the film would therefore allow Disney to await the verdict of the investigation of which Hammer is the subject. One of the solutions considered could be to completely renounce a theatrical release and prefer a broadcast on a streaming platform.

The question of promotion and the embarrassing questions that might be asked of the film crew is also a real topic. The scandal could indeed eclipse the work of the whole team like what Ridley Scott and the actors of the film All the Money in the World experienced in 2017.

So in the heart of a scandal, Kevin Spacey had been replaced by Christopher Plummer and the film had experienced many reshoots. This change of actor then became the central theme of the subjects around the feature film.

Disney has declined to comment for the moment.


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The sequel to the Murder on the Orient Express, released in 2017, Death on the Nile takes place during a luxury cruise on the Nile. But what was to be an idyllic honeymoon ends with the brutal death of the bride.

This crime marks the end of the holidays for detective Hercule Poirot. On board as a passenger, he is entrusted with the investigation by the captain of the boat. And in this dark affair of obsessive love with deadly consequences, there is no lack of suspects!

Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of the famous detective and is surrounded by Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Letitia Wright, Russell Brand or even Tom Bateman.

For the moment the feature film is scheduled in our cinemas for February 9, 2022. As a reminder, the film was originally announced on December 16, 2020.

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