After days of speculation, it was confirmed that American actor Josh Duhamel has joined the cast of Jennifer Lopez starrer Shotgun Wedding, replacing Armie Hammer in the upcoming outing.
The 48-year-old actor replaced Hammer after he stepped down from the role earlier this month. Reports had surfaced earlier this month suggesting that Duhamel was in talks to replace Hammer in the upcoming film.
Hammer dropped out of the project amid a scandal involving unverified accusations about his sexual fantasies, as per the publication. The 34-year-old actor exited the movie after several private messages were leaked by the anonymous social media account ‘House of Effie’. The unverified messages were alleged to be from the ‘Rebecca’ actor and described sexual fantasies including BDSM.
However, the actor denied all the accusations levelled against him, stating “I’m not responding to these bull– 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,” Hammer added.
A production spokesman for the upcoming movie previously told I an earlier interview, “Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.”
Earlier this month, Hammer trended on social media after several graphic direct messages allegedly from the actor were leaked. “I need to drink your blood,” the 34-year-old allegedly wrote. Another message read, “You’re my angel! You’re made to save me.”
Writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, who was reportedly linked to Hammer in September 2020, said the messages “are real,” adding, “I stand by women, and I hate men who don’t.”
Meanwhile, ‘Shotgun Wedding’, which is produced by Lopez and actor Ryan Reynolds, is scheduled to begin filming on February 22 in the Dominican Republican.