Hollywood star Armie Hammer has left Lionsgate’s upcoming film Shotgun Wedding after news allegedly aired by the actor leaked online.
The star “Call Me By Your Name” should be seen alongside singer and actress Jennifer Lopez in the film, which is expected to start production later this year.
Hammer found himself in a controversy on social media after receiving intrusive text messages. The messages have not yet been reviewed.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Hammer cited the “malicious and spurious online attacks” against him as the reason for leaving the film.
“I’m not answering those damned claims, but given the vicious and false online attacks against me, I can’t safely leave my children for four months to make a movie in the Dominican Republic,” the actor said.
Hammer claimed that he had Lionsgate’s full support for his decision.
A representative from the studio also confirmed that Hammer has left the project, saying, “Given the upcoming launch date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has asked to withdraw from the film and we support him in his decision.”
Shotgun Wedding comes from director Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore. The script for the action comedy was written by Liz Meriwether and Mark Hammer.
The story is about a couple who gathers their families for a destination wedding, in which the entire group is taken hostage.