Disney Forges Ahead with Upcoming Armie Hammer Film “Death on the Nile,” Banking on the Star’s Talent to Overcome Scandal

We’re not about to open the can of worms which was the recent scandal involving actor Armie Hammer; suffice to say that it was not the Call Me by Your Name and The Social Network star’s finest hour in an otherwise successful career trajectory. What ye olde scribbler of pop culture words and the like will chime in with is this: Hammer is an exceptional talent with a rare gift to make people laugh, make ‘em cry and to make us think. That’s special stuff and perhaps The House That Uncle Walt Built (also known as Disney) see’s that, too. Whatever the case, they’re banking on the Hammer debacle of 2021 to be yesterday’s news by the time their 2022 offering of Death on the Nile featuring the star in a supporting role comes down the New Year’s pike at cinemas across the globe.

 According to our pals over at The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is not shying away from Armie Hammer and his role in director and actor Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Death on the Nile (which is based off of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name). To wit, the studio has premiered a brand-new trailer and poster to promote the sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express which also stars a bevy of talent including Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Annette Bening (American Beauty), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek), Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Branagh himself, pulling double-duty as both director and actor. Tellingly, both the new trailer and the theatrical poster showcase Hammer along with other members of the ensemble.

After considering a number of options regarding Hammer and his role in the 1930s set film – including implementing digital technology to alter the film and the actor’s presence therein and, perhaps slightly more realistically, recasting the embattled star’s part with another talent – Disney has opted to leave the finished film status quo.

 “Ken’s sweeping, elegant vision for this classic story deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. We’re so proud of this film, our brilliant cast, and the stellar work that went into bringing Death on the Nile to screen,” enthused 20th Century Big Wheel Steve Asbell in a press release today. “We know that audiences can’t wait to experience Hercule Poirot’s next adventure, and we’re thrilled to continue working with Ken as he lends his masterful storytelling vision to the newest film in this celebrated franchise.”

Will audiences still flock to the cinema to see Death on the Nile, even with the dark cloud that hangs over Armie Hammer? We’d like to think that art can trump any behind-the-scenes personal issues that an actor may have. Let’s see how it all plays out when Death on the Nile opens across the land on Valentine’s Day weekend 2022!

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