While Broadway remains closed, so does the door on Armie Hammer’s career.
In light of an LAPD investigation and sexual assault allegations — which Hammer strongly denies — the actor has departed the Broadway play, “The Minutes.”
“The Minutes,” a play by Tracy Letts, was originally set to debut in March 2020, but plans were derailed, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept the curtain closed on Broadway, ever since. Now, the play is on track to resume production during the 2021-2022 season.
“I have loved every single second of working on ‘The Minutes’ with the family I made from Steppenwolf. 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 said in a statement on Friday.
Of Hammer’s departure, the team behind “The Minutes” said, “Armie remains a valued colleague to all of us who have worked with him onstage and offstage on ‘The Minutes.’ We wish only the best for him and respect his decision.”
Without “The Minutes,” Hammer’s slate is now completely clear of any future projects, in light of a rape allegation, which Hammer’s attorney has called “outrageous.” Hammer has denied all accusations of wrongdoing with his legal team maintaining that any interaction with any sexual partner has been consensual.
This week, Variety broke the news that Hammer was dropped from the small-budget Cold War thriller, “Billion Dollar Spy,” in which he was set to star opposite Mads Mikkelsen. Hammer was also set to appear opposite Julia Roberts and Sean Penn in an upcoming series at Starz about Watergate, named “Gaslit;” this week, Dan Stevens was re-cast in the role originally occupied by Hammer.
Hammer has been embroiled in a media spectacle of a scandal, ever since the beginning of the year when accusations began spiraling across social media, claiming Hammer has cannibalistic sexual fetishes. The allegations escalated to claims of more serious nature by numerous women, including a former partner, who is being represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, and has accused Hammer of rape. That allegation led to a LAPD investigation, which is currently ongoing.
“The Minutes” was originally set to run at the Cort Theater, where it was in previews in February and March of 2020, but will no longer take place at the venue, due to renovations.
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, “The Minutes” first premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2017. The play takes a look at the inner workings of a city council meeting and the hypocrisy, greed and ambition that bubble to the surface when a newcomer to the small town of Big Cherry starts to ask the wrong questions.
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