Schitt’s Creek’s Noah Reid to replace Armie Hammer in Broadway play The Minutes after rape claims

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Broadway’s dark comedy The Minutes is getting a new leading man as Noah Reid is set to step in for Armie Hammer.

Deadline reports that the 34-year-old Schitt’s Creek actor will be taking over for Hammer after the 35-year-old Call Me By Your Name star dropped out in April in the wake of rape accusations.

Hammer briefly appeared in the minute when it entered previews in February 2020, though the production was halted the following month before its premiere due to the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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New face: Schitt's Creek star Noah Reid, 34, will replace Armie Hammer in the Broadway production of Tracy Letts' dark comedy The Minutes, Deadline reported on Friday; seen in January 2020 in LA

New face: Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid, 34, will replace Armie Hammer in the Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ dark comedy The Minutes, Deadline reported on Friday; seen in January 2020 in LA

Reid will be filling in for the lead role of Mr. Peel, a novice city council member who returns to a council meeting after a week away.

The Minutes becomes increasingly dark and surrealistic as Peel begins to question why one councilman is mysteriously absent, while the other elected members of the group refuse to let him see the minutes from the previous week’s minutes. 

The comedy, which premiered in 2017 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

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Reid will be joining the rest of the Broadway cast minus Hammer, including the show’s writer Tracy Letts, as well as Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton and Jeff Still.

Departed: Hammer, 35, dropped out of the play, which was put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, in April following a string of sexual abuse allegations; seen in November 2020 in Santa Monica

Departed: Hammer, 35, dropped out of the play, which was put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, in April following a string of sexual abuse allegations; seen in November 2020 in Santa Monica

The play, written by and featuring Tracy Letts (pictured in 2019), is about a new city council member (Reid) who finds mysterious changes have been made on the council while he was out of town for a week, and no one will let him see that meeting's minutes

The play, written by and featuring Tracy Letts (pictured in 2019), is about a new city council member (Reid) who finds mysterious changes have been made on the council while he was out of town for a week, and no one will let him see that meeting’s minutes

Letts is acting in his own play as Mayor Superba, a dark figure who controls the direction of the secretive city council.

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The role was originated in the Chicago production by CSI star William Petersen. 

Reid will be part of the cast when The Minutes resumes preview performances on March 19, 2022, with its official premiere on April 7.

The show originally began performances at the Cort Theatre on Broadway, but it moved to Broadway’s Studio 54 after the Cort began renovations during the pandemic.

The stage comedy marks Reid’s Broadway debut, though he has already established himself as a formidable presence on Toronto stages with roles in Annie Baker’s The Aliens and August Strindberg’s The Creditors. 

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He also played the title role in a production of Hamlet at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre.

Hit show: Reid is best known for playing Patrick Brewer, the business parter and lover of Schitt's Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy. He was a recurring character in season three and moved up to the main cast in season four

Hit show: Reid is best known for playing Patrick Brewer, the business parter and lover of Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy. He was a recurring character in season three and moved up to the main cast in season four

The Canadian actor is best known for his tenure on the hit Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek, which he first appeared on as recurring character Patrick Brewer in season three, before graduation to the main cast the following season.

Patrick was both the business partner and lover of David Rose (series co-creator Dan Levy).

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The CBC comedy ended its seven-season run in April of 2020.

Reid got his start as a child actor voice the title turtle in the animated series Franklin.

His next major project will be the Amazon Prime mystery series Outer Range, which also stars Josh Brolin, Lili Taylor and Imogen Poots. 

Dark: Hammer stepped down from The Minutes in April after leaked DMs allegedly sent by him showed discussions of cannibalism and rape fantasies; seen in 2019 in Santa Monica

Dark: Hammer stepped down from The Minutes in April after leaked DMs allegedly sent by him showed discussions of cannibalism and rape fantasies; seen in 2019 in Santa Monica 

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In April, Hammer announced he wouldn’t be returning to The Minutes after he was hit with sexual assault allegations.

‘I have loved every single second of working on The Minutes with the family I made from Steppenwolf,’ he said in a statement. ‘But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.’

Hammer’s troubles began in January of this year, when multiple ex-girlfriends accused him of abuse.

Leaked text messages that were allegedly from the Lone Ranger star appeared to show him discussing dark sexual fantasies involving cannibalism and rape.   

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The messages, which were never confirmed to be from Hammer, were originally published by the Instagram account House of Effie. 

Serious claims: One ex has accused Hammer of branding and emotionally abusing her, while another came forward in March to claim he violently raped her; seen in 2017 in Toronto

Serious claims: One ex has accused Hammer of branding and emotionally abusing her, while another came forward in March to claim he violently raped her; seen in 2017 in Toronto

Following the publicity from the disturbing message leaks, Hammer’s former partners Paige Lorenze and Courtney Vucekovich accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive while they were together.

Lorenze told Page Six that the actor had carved the letter ‘A’ into her pelvis to brand her.

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She also accused him of being emotionally manipulative and said he repeatedly spoke of ‘consuming her.’  

In March, the woman who originally posted the messages to Instagram came forward to accuse Hammer of raping her and physically abusing her during their relationship from 2016 to 2020. 

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