Disney is pushing ahead with the release of Death on the Nile despite the ongoing controversy surrounding lead star Armie Hammer in the wake of his rape allegations and cannibalism scandal.
On Tuesday, the latest trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s long-delayed film – that cost an estimated $90million to make – was unveiled with a new release date now set for Feb. 11.
However, movie fans were quick to react with outrage and ruthlessly mock the trailer, that appears to have gone to great lengths in the editing suite to minimize Hammer’s role in the film.
‘This cursed movie should just be scrapped and reshot,’ one movie fan tweeted, adding: ‘Also, you have to laugh at this trailer cut making it seem like he’s nothing more than mustachioed wallpaper.’
‘This should have been scrapped’: Death on the Nile trailer featuring disgraced Armie Hammer has sparked outrage among movie fans, after the actor’s rape allegations
Hammer plays the male romantic lead alongside Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.
The 34-year-old actor began trending in January this year, when a series of graphic DMs allegedly between him and several women were posted online.
In one message, Hammer allegedly described himself as ‘100% a cannibal’ and told another woman, ‘I want to eat you.’ Hammer denied the claims as ‘bull****.’
Hammer then checked into rehab for ‘drug, alcohol and sex issues’ in June this year, following allegations of rape that prompted an LAPD investigation.
This month, the LAPD wrapped up the investigation turning it over to the District Attorney, with charges ‘unlikely’ according to reports.
Backlash: Movie fans appeared outraged with one Twitter user calling the film to be ‘scrapped’ while others mocked how Hammer has been minimized in the trailer
His estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers had filed for divorce in July 2020, with rumors swirling that he had sent her a raunchy text message meant for someone else.
Meanwhile, the trailer was also under fire for featuring the stars Letitia Wright and Russell Brand, for their controversial views on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Brand has become popular among anti-vaxxers recently with his strong views on his YouTube channel, where he has cast doubt on the vaccine and questioned whether Americans should trust the FDA.
Casting: Russell Brand, who plays Dr. Linus Windlesham, has been raising questions about whether Americans should put their trust into the FDA amid the pandemic
Under fire: British star Letitia Wright has also come under scrutiny for sharing a conspiracy theorist video about the COVID-19 vaccines
Blink and you’ll miss him! The latest trailer shows only glimpses of Hammer, pictured above kissing Gal Gadot with his full face out of view
Wright also came under fire this year for sharing a video that questioned the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
When she received backlash online for posting the video, she responded: ‘my intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.’
One Twitter user commented: ‘All I can think of here is Russell Brand and Letitia Wright exchanging anti-vax conspiracies while Armie Hammer was fantasizing about killing and eating the cast.’
The ensemble cast also features stars including Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie.
Strong views: Fans have taken issue with stars such as Armie Hammer, Russell Brand and Letitia Wright in the much-delayed movie which one fan described as ‘cursed’
Based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie, the movie was first in development back in 2017 – with filming beginning in September 2019.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic and Hammer’s rape allegations, the murder mystery endured several release delays.
Director Branagh had previously discussed how he wanted to produce more films, and potentially create a ‘cinematic universe’ from Agatha Christie’s novels.
Tough decision: The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh who also stars as famed detective Hercule Poirot
Awkward: Hammer plays the male lead in the $90 million-budgeted movie, but now his presence in the film is being downplayed
Star support: Hammer plays a love interest of Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot