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The 34-year-old was announced early last month to play main character producer Al Ruddy in the 10-episode series about how the iconic 1972 flick was made. was set to portray Ruddy’s story while working on the flick but now the search is one for a new series

This comes after Hammer stepped down from Shotgun Wedding amid a disturbing scandal when unverified DMs allegedly sent by Hammer were leaked.  

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“Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, has requested to step away from the film, and we support him in his decision,” a spokesperson for the upcoming Jennifer Lopez flick said.

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I’m not responding to these bulls**t claims, but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said later. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that.”

“These assertions about Mr. Hammer are patently untrue. Any interactions with this person, or any partner of his, were completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory,” Hammer’s attorney stated. 

“The stories being perpetuated in the media are a misguided attempt to present a one-sided narrative with the goal of tarnishing Mr. Hammer’s reputation, and communications from the individuals involved prove that.”

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The Call Me By Your Name actor found himself in the scandal when Instagram user House of Effie posted screenshots from conversations that were allegedly between Hammer and an unidentified woman. In the messages, Hammer reportedly details killing a deer and eating it’s heart raw and other NSFW texts. 

After the initial DMs were leaked, several of Hammer’s exes came forward with their own experiences including  Paige Lorenze who said he wanted to eat her ribs, and Jessica Ciencin Henriquez who tweed that the highly sensitive DMs were real. 

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Hammer landed himself in even more trouble when a leaked clip from his private Instagram account saw him branded an unidentified woman clad in lingerie as she posed in a bed on all fours “Miss Cayman.”

“I would like to clarify that the person in my video, which was stolen from my private Instagram, is not Miss Cayman,” Hammer told the Cayman Compass. “I am genuinely sorry for any confusion my foolish attempt at humor may have caused.”

“My deep sympathies to Miss Cayman, who I don’t know, and to the entire organization as I had no intentions of implying she was actually Miss Cayman.”

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This comes after Hammer and his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, called it quits in July 2020 after 10 years of marriage. The former couple share children, Harper, 6, and Ford, 4, together. 

Variety was the first to report on Hammer reportedly exiting The Offer. 



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