All The Money In The World tells the real-life story of the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. His devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) makes a desperate attempt to persuade his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s adviser (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. Starring Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, All The Money In The World finds director Ridley Scott firmly back in adult drama territory.
The new trailer, which included quite a few shots of Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty, still tries to focus the movie’s themes around power, greed, and responsibility. This is best articulated by Plummer himself who delivers a memorable single-word response when asked what he, the world’s richest man, could possibly still want: “More.”
You can check out the second (although Sony would want you to consider this the first and official) trailer for Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World below:
The first trailer for the film hit back in mid-September and even though it showcased very little of Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty, the film certainly spotlighted the now disgraced actor as a sort of hat-trick. Covered behind some heavy prosthetics and makeup, the first trailer made a point of the overarching shadow that the character would play in the film’s story.
“We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple,” Scott told EW in his first interview on replacing Spacey. “There’s no time for pondering,” he said, elsewhere. “Sometimes you’ve got to lay down the law. You have to!”
You can view that initial trailer below:
It was about a week after news of the accusations against Spacey that spanned from unwanted sexual advances toward a number of young men including Star Trek: Discovery‘s Anthony Rapp when he was under-aged. On November 8th, Ridley Scott announced he had chosen to replace the actor with the 87-year-old Christopher Plummer. Scott recently mentioned that Plummer was his original choice to play the infamous billionaire, and while the movie focuses on co-stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg playing, respectively, the younger Getty’s mother and an ex-CIA agent hired by the family to help handle the kidnapping, the J. Paul Getty character plays an imposing role throughout the proceedings.
The kicker for these re-shoots was that the film was already in the bag, set to premiere at the AFI Film Festival a week after that (it was the closing night film) and a hard-scheduled December 22nd release date. With six weeks away from release, Scott undertook one of the most audacious reworkings of any film. Scott and the production team had to secure the original locations and actors and reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes over the course of nine days at a cost of about $10 million, which was around one-quarter of the film’s initial budget.
Scott never considered moving the release, having no doubt he could deliver on the risky, high-stakes reshoot. “I know I can deliver. [Laughs] I move like lightning. I’m already two scenes ahead. It’s simple! If you know what you’re doing, you don’t need 19 takes. You do one for the actor, one for me. It’s all planned out. When you storyboard, you’ve already pre-filmed the movie in your head — the wide shots, close shots, establishing shots. You’ve gotten some of your weird ideas when you’re quietly sitting, storyboarding by yourself. After a while, you learn to trust and listen to your intuition. And I listen to mine. I trust it.” This is a director that regardless of his batting average, knows how to make a film; he literally doesn’t stop as this is his second film released in the same year after Alien: Covenant bowed in theaters back in May.
Michelle Williams went on to add that she is “very proud to be a part of this — we’re all here for Ridley,” who recalls being stunned when she learned of the allegations against Spacey. “When this idea was hatched, I immediately started to feel better. This doesn’t do anything to ease the suffering of people who were all too personally affected by Kevin Spacey, but it is our little act of trying to right a wrong. And it sends a message to predators — you can’t get away with this anymore. Something will be done.”
Does this rush to get the film out on time push Scott and crew into some tricky territory? While it’s a noble gesture to the victims, does this smell of an enlarged ego? The film was always aiming for awards contention but are Scott and Sony so eager for a hit and awards-gold that they don’t have the time to hold back this film and release it years later? As Scott mentioned, there are a lot of talented people involved in this project; people who put a lot of their time, blood, sweat, and tears into making a movie. The artistic concerns start to poke out from the business-laden ground that is the entertainment industry. Personally, the entire endeavor seems to be in good faith of the victims of abuse, what will be the final test of the movie is how it will prevail years down the line.
The advertising for the film has also started to spotlight the new actor. The original poster featured Spacey’s name above the credits and a bust of his head made up as the elder Getty.
On November 1st, Sony launched new marketing material with a redesigned poster that chose to focus on the theme of money, power and the motif of an ear (it will play heavily during the kidnapping of the youngest Getty III). Another poster did away with any allusions to J. Paul Getty and instead focused on Williams and Wahlberg’s characters and the media circus that surrounded the event.
You can check out both those All The Money In The World posters below:
On December 4, “a rough version of the film will be screened in New York for members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in order to qualify for Golden Globes consideration,” meaning that Scott will be putting his finishing touches on the film all the way up till its release.
Charlie Plummer, Romain Duris, and Timothy Hutton also feature in All the Money in the World, which is based on the book by John Pearson.
All The Money In The World hits theaters on December 22nd, 2017.
Images: Sony, EW