The Blades of Glory actor Will Arnett has reportedly shot scenes to replace Armie Hammer in Taika Waititi’s upcoming Next Goal Wins.

Disney has taken its time to deal with the fallout created by the disturbing claims that have been made against Armie Hammer, as the actor, who is facing a string of serious allegations, features in a brace of their upcoming films. Having delayed Death On The Nile as long as it possibly could, Disney is finally releasing it next month, with Hammer in the film, his part being too prominent to cut out.

However, that’s seemingly not the case in Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, an upcoming comedy that was shot all the way back in 2019 and follows the American Samoa football team in their struggle to transform from perennial whipping-boys into a FIFA World Cup-qualifying outfit.

That film is being produced by Searchlight Studios, a subsidiary of Disney, and because Hammer’s role is reportedly much smaller, the studio has elected to reshoot the actor’s scenes, replacing him with Will Arnett. The approach mirrors Ridley Scott’s choice to use the late Christopher Plummer to reshoot all of Kevin Spacey’s sequences for All The Money In The World, when Spacey found himself facing disturbing allegations.

Alongside Arnett, whose role has reportedly been expanded, Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss, as well as Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Belulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo, Uli Latukefu and Rachel House are all set to appear. We’ve got to admit, we are looking forward to this one. A classic sporting underdog story in the mould of Cool Runnings paired with the absurd humour of Waititi? Sounds like a born winner to us, and the documentary it’s based on is terrific.

There’s still no confirmed release date yet for the film, but we’d certainly expect it this year.

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