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Patty Jenkins Helped Ridley Scott Secretly Cast Christopher Plummer in ‘All the Money in the World’

The movie would have been "dead" were it not for her.

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That Patty Jenkins is a real wonder woman. In addition to directing the year’s most successful superhero movie, she also played a pivotal role in casting Christopher Plummer as Kevin Spacey’s replacement in “All the Money in the World” — and keeping the process secret. David Scarpa, who wrote the upcoming drama for Ridley Scott, explains how in a new interview.

“If it gets out, and we don’t cast this and we can’t make it happen, the movie is dead,” Scarpa said of the problem with replacing Spacey in a limited amount of time and under highly unusual circumstances. Jenkins was then asked to send out a casting call for “One Day She’ll Darken,” a miniseries she’s developing for TNT. “So basically it was, ‘Patty Jenkins is looking for a 90-year-old guy.’ That was basically how they were able to do it. There was a lot of this sort of…crafty maneuvers in order to make this thing come off.”

The rest is history, as they say, and Plummer has already received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as J. Paul Getty in the film.

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