Armie Hammer text messaging scandal leads to Josh Duhamel stepping in as actor’s replacement in “Shotgun Wedding”

Armie Hammer text messaging scandal leads to Josh Duhamel stepping in as actor’s replacement in “Shotgun Wedding”
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It seems like actor Josh Duhamel will be Hammer’s replacement for the upcoming movie “Shotgun Wedding” following the Armie Hammer text messaging scandal. The Armie Hammer text messaging scandal involves the actor revealing through text messages some graphical sexual fantasies, including cannibalism.

A spokesperson for the film’s production told Fox News: “Armie has requested to step away from the film, and we support him in his decision.” Shortly after resigning from the film, Hammer released a statement further denying the allegations against him.

The 34-year-old actor told Variety magazine: “I’m not responding to these bulls–t 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. Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Although Duhamel has not responded to any of the reports on his involvement in the project, the 48-year-old actor has reportedly been brought in to keep production on schedule for the movie. Duhamel had an eventful 2020 releasing two movies, “The Lost Husband” and “Think Like A Dog.” He also tried his hand at directing with his comedy film “Buddy Games.” According to People magazine, Josh Duhamel will also be starring in the upcoming Netflix series “Jupiter’s Legacy.”

Produced by Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Reynolds, “Shotgun Wedding” is a Lionsgate film that tells the story of a couple about to get married in a destination wedding with friends and family, but then get cold feet at the destination. Their situation is worsened when the guests attending the wedding are taken as hostage, forcing the couple to try and save everyone. The movie will be directed by Jason Moore and is written by Mark Hammer. Filming is expected to commence in the Dominican Republic on February 22.

Armie Hammer’s ex, Elizabeth Chambers, has also spoken out regarding the ongoing cannibal-fantasy scandal. The ex couple filed for divorce in July last year after 10 years of marriage and a 13-year relationship. They have 2 children – a six-year-old daughter named Harper and a four-year-old son, Ford. In an Instagram post of the Cayman Islands, the 38-year-old television personality expressed her shock and devastation to hear the allegations.

To add to the drama, Hammer has also been under fire for his apparent partying lifestyle during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. His private Instagram account got leaked, which showed videos of him joking about drugs and blasting his ex-wife, who is currently staying in the Cayman Islands with their children due to the pandemic.

The videos show Hammer commenting: “Well… my ex (for a very good reason) wife is refusing to come back to America with my children. So I have to go back to Cayman … which sucks. Except there are a few silver linings. Like f–king Miss Cayman again while I’m down there.”

Following the leak of his private Instagram, Hammer apologized by saying: “I would like to clarify that the person in my video, which was stolen from my private Instagram, is not Miss Cayman. I am genuinely sorry for any confusion my foolish attempt at humor may have caused. My deep sympathies to Miss Cayman, who I don’t know, and to the entire organization, as I had no intentions of implying she was actually Miss Cayman.”

The actor also recently exited another project following the text messaging scandal. The Paramount Plus series “The Offer” was going to star Armie Hammer as Al Ruddy, the producer of cult film “The Godfather.” The 10-episode series is going to showcase the behind-the-scenes of the making of the legendary film, detailing Ruddy’s involvement in its creation. Following his exit, the studio is currently searching for a new lead.

At the beginning of the year, Hammer tweeted to his more than 390,000 Twitter followers, expressing how he was going to make 2021 “kneel down before” him and “become the boss of [his] own year.” The controversy has brought many hilarious reactions to this tweet. One user saying, “Man, this aged terribly and at light speed.”

His exit from two major projects is worrying for Hammer’s career, and only time will tell whether or not he is able to bounce back from these allegations against him, if proved to be true.

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