The behind-the-scenes drama surrounding “All the Money in the World” is worthy of an Oscar. Ridley Scott‘s upcoming film tells the story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer). The heir to the oil fortune was only 16 when he was snatched on the streets of Rome on July 10, 1973. Michelle Williams portray his mother, Gail Getty, who faces off against her father-in-law, billionaire J. Paul Getty, after he refuses to pay the $17 million ransom.
That showy role was originally played by Kevin Spacey but after the actor came under fire for sexual misconduct last month, Scott made the decision to reshoot his scenes with Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”). That meant scrapping the film’s scheduled premiere in a prestigious slot at the AFI film fest in early November.
Instead, Scott and company embarked on an accelerated schedule of filming, which wrapped on Nov. 29, and the Tri-Star release now has a trailer in advance of its Dec. 22 opening. If the finished film is as crackling as these snippets, Scott could well find himself reaping his fourth Best Director Oscar bid. Among his previous nominations was one for “Gladiator,” which won Best Picture in 2001. On that film, he had to handle the death of co-star Oliver Reed during filming.
Take a look at the sneak peek of “All the Money in the World” above and then be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions as to how you think the film will fare. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23.