Things just keep looking gloomy for once red-hot actor Armie Hammer, who continues to deal with the fallout from unsavory and shocking allegations against him which came to light some months back: After having plum roles in Shotgun Wedding, The Offer, Billion Dollar Spy and Gaslit recast with other actors following his scandal, the thirty-five year old Santa Monica native has added another prestigious project go south in the form of a Broadway play entitled The Minutes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Minutes is a play from scribe Tracy Letts about the inner-machinations of a city council meeting in the little burg of Big Cherry and all of the soted and ugly things that go along with this particular endeavor. Originally premiering at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater in November of 2017, The Minutes has since gone on to become one of the most buzzed about upcoming productions set to drop on Broadway.
Replacing Armie Hammer in The Minutes will be accomplished thespian Noah Reid of Schitt’s Creek fame who will be making his Broadway debut in this production alongside returning actors Letts, Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton and Jeff Still. Directing the play will be Anna D. Shapiro.
Worth noting is that Reid more than has the stage chops to pull off his tricky role in The Minutes: The actor who is best known by audiences for roles in Kevin from Work, Backpackers, House of Lies and Disappearance at Clifton Hill, also knows his way around a theatrical stage, having starred in the title role of Hamlet at the Tarragon Theater in Toronto, as well as in stage work for the productions of Annie Baker’s The Aliens and Strindberg’s Creditors. The lesson here is that any actor that can successfully work a rousing rendition of one of the Bard’s best known works can probably pull off a complicated role in The Minutes, replacement or not.
In a press release, Hammer asserted that he was dropping out of the show voluntarily “to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family.”
The Minutes will open at Studio 54 on April 7, 2022, with previews beginning a few weeks earlier on March 19.