Armi Hammer has resigned from his role against Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming “Shotgun Wedding”, condemning “vicious and fake online attacks” against him as the reason.
Hammer was supposed to start production of the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be reworked. The news comes after the star of “Call Me by Your Name” started spreading on social media last weekend, after direct messages were posted on Instagram, which seem to have been written by Hammer – which have not been verified.
“I do not respond to these stupid allegations, but in light of the vicious and false online attacks against me, I cannot, with a clear conscience, leave my children to make a film in the Dominican Republic for four months. Lionsgate supports me in this and I am grateful to them for that, “Hamer said in a statement.
A spokesman for the production said: “Armi asked to retire from the film and we support him in his decision.”
The messages share graphic sexual fantasies leading to cannibalism, with the actor appearing to write to a woman in the app that he is “100% cannibal” and wants to “drink your blood.”
Hummer was recently seen in “Rebecca” on Netflix, and will also star in the upcoming sequel “Call Me by Your Name” with Timothy Shalamet and directed by Luca Guadanino. He will also star in the TV series “Offer” by Paramount Plus, the backstage story of the creation of “The Godfather”
Elizabeth Wagmeister and Alice Shaffer contributed to this report.