Armie Hammer Quits ‘Shotgun Wedding’ After Cannibal Scandal

The 34-year-old has dropped out of the upcoming movie Shotgun Wedding after screenshots of disturbing sexts detailing graphic sex acts and cannibalistic fantasies, allegedly from the actor, were leaked online.

On 10 January, an anonymous Instagram account named House of Effie accused Armie Hammer of sending the shocking messages, sharing screenshots of Instagram DMs allegedly sent by the actor to an unknown party between 2016 and February 2020.

Following doubts surrounding the screenshots’ authenticity, a number of women have come forward claiming that the messages — which included phrases like “I am 100% a cannibal” and discussed “drinking blood” — are real.

Speaking to Daily Mail, Hammers’ ex, Courtney Vucekovich, said he wanted to “break her rib, barbecue and eat it.” She told the publication that he referenced breaking her ribs often and revealed she sought out therapy for PTSD following their breakup in October 2020.

The Call Me By Your Name star has since hit back at the accusations in a statement to Deadline: “I’m not responding to these bulls**t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

The romantic action film, which will star Jennifer Lopez in one of the leading roles, follows a couple whose big day is thrown into chaos when the wedding and all of its guests are taken hostage.

Armie Hammer is set to be replaced by Transformers actor Josh Duhamel, with filming scheduled to start in February.

The actor has reportedly also pulled out of Gaslit, where he was set to star alongside Julia Roberts and Sean Penn as White House counsel John Dean in a modern take on the Watergate scandal produced by Sam Esmail.

Words by Bec Oakes

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