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Will Armie Hammer's scandal have an effect on his upcoming movies? Experts weigh in
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There's no denying that Armie Hammer has found himself in a tricky spot.
The 34-year-old actor was recently accused of rape and is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. Before that, however, were allegations of abusive and strange behavior that included references to cannibalism.
The actor's career has taken several big hits as he dropped out of a few high-profile projects including an action-comedy co-starring Jennifer Lopez and a Paramount+ series about the making of "The Godfather."
While Hammer's career appears to have been torpedoed — at least for now — he still has two projects on the horizon, and interestingly, both are from Disney, one of the most family-friendly entertainment companies out there.
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The first is "Death on the Nile," a sequel to 2017's "Murder on the Orient Express" and an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. Secondly, he will star in "Next Goal Wins" from writer-director Taika Waititi, a Disney favorite.
Both projects have completed filming and became Disney properties when the company acquired 21st Century Fox.
"Death on the Nile" recently saw its release date get pushed back to Feb. 11, while "Next Goal Wins" remains undated. "Nile" was one of several Disney movies to be shifted recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, so it's possible that the scandal had no effect.
With these two big titles headed our way, will Hammer's scandal have any effect on the properties?
According to Karie Bible, a media analyst at Exhibitor Relations, Disney will likely find themselves safe.
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"I don't think people go see movies because it's an Armie Hammer movie," she told Fox Business when asked about the scandal's potential effect on the box office. "The "Death on the Nile" film — there are a million reasons people want to see that and, oh, and by the way, yeah, he's in it."
She explained that the star-studded cast including Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh, Letitia Wright and more will provide a larger draw for "Nile" that will cushion any blow from those avoiding it for Hammer's involvement.