Hollywood 2021: Hammer Scandal Grows–Dropped from Thriller, Billion Dollar Spay

Armie Hammer Dropped from Amma Asante’s Thriller ‘Billion Dollar Spy’


Armie Hammer
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Based on a real-life story, The Billion Dollar Spy was to have Hammer star as Brad Reid, a fresh arrival at the Moscow station of the CIA, where he’s approached by Soviet engineer Adolf Tolkachev, played by Mads Mikkelsen.

But that was before Hammer’s career took a fall amid controversy over graphic messages he allegedly sent several women over social media.

Then, on March 18, a woman called Effie accused Hammer of rape in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred. The LAPD confirmed that the actor is a suspect in a sexual assault case that was opened February 3.

Effie said she first met Hammer over Facebook in 2016 when she was 20, and entered into an on-and-off relationship between 2016 to 2020. “He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually,” she said of the relationship. Hammer denies the claims.

Hammer first faced backlash in early January when several disturbing comments and conversations attributed to the actor surfaced on social media that outlined emotional abuse, manipulation and coercion. One of the accounts that shared anonymous messages was @houseofeffie.

Hammer had been dropped from The Offer, a Paramount+ series about the making of The Godfather.

Before that, he resigned from Lionsgate action-comedy Shotgun Wedding, which would have paired him with Jennifer Lopez. Josh Duhamel replaced him in the movie.

Walden Media’s president and CEO Frank Smith and executive vp of development and production Naia Cucukov will executive produce Billion Dollar Spy. The film will go into production in 2021 in Eastern Europe.