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Josh Duhamel to replace Armie Hammer in Jennifer Lopez rom-com Shotgun Wedding

Josh Duhamel to replace Armie Hammer in Jennifer Lopez rom-com… after oil heir dropped out following ‘leak’ of shocking ‘cannibalism and rape’ texts allegedly from the star

Josh Duhamel will be replacing Armie Hammer in the upcoming Jennifer Lopez action/rom-com Shotgun Wedding.

Duhamel, 48, is now in negotiations for the role in the Lionsgate production after producers and leading lady Jennifer Lopez went on the hunt for their new star, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The re-casting news comes after Hammer, 34, parted ways with the picture following a controversial leak of lurid social media messages alleged to be from the oil heir/actor.

New guy: Josh Duhamel will replace Armie Hammer in the upcoming Jennifer Lopez action/rom-com Shotgun Wedding

In the texts, the writer graphically spoke about BDSM, cannibalism and excessive drug use. 

It was followed by a leak of private Instagram where Hammer was seen bragging about passing a drug-test despite having DMT in his system, and also flashing an image of a lingerie-clad woman on all fours.

Armie addressed the allegations on January 14th, sharing: ‘I’m not responding to these b*****t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. 

‘Lionsgate is supporting me in this, and I’m grateful to them for that.’

Shocking: Hammer (above in 2019) parted ways with the picture following a controversial leak of lurid social media messages alleged to be from the oil heir/actor

Shocking: Hammer (above in 2019) parted ways with the picture following a controversial leak of lurid social media messages alleged to be from the oil heir/actor

Comedic coupling: Jennifer Lopez and Armie Hammer have been cast in the upcoming Lionsgate action-comedy Shotgun Wedding

Vetted: Lopez is said to have had a hand in recruiting Duhamel to the project following Hammer’s departure. She’s seen in February 2020 above 

Lionsgate offered their own statement that day, announcing: ‘Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film, and we support him in his decision.’

Shotgun Wedding follows couple Darcy and Tom as they end up with more than they bargained for after their destination wedding is interrupted by kidnappers just as the duo feel like they’re getting cold feet.

Hammer and Lopez’ casting was first announced last October during the American Film Market and were just weeks away from the planned start in February.

Deranged: In the texts, the writer graphically spoke about BDSM, cannibalism and excessive drug use. It was followed by a leak of private Instagram where Hammer was seen bragging about passing a drug-test despite having DMT in his system

Deranged: In the texts, the writer graphically spoke about BDSM, cannibalism and excessive drug use. It was followed by a leak of private Instagram where Hammer was seen bragging about passing a drug-test despite having DMT in his system

Leaked: Hammer bragged to his inner circle about a lingerie-clad woman waiting for him in his bed in leaked videos from his private Instagram account, DailyMail.com can reveal

Leaked: Hammer bragged to his inner circle about a lingerie-clad woman waiting for him in his bed in leaked videos from his private Instagram account, DailyMail.com can reveal

Hammer has been laying low since the social media scandal swept the internet earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Hammer’s estranged wife is in ‘complete shock’ and ‘sickened’ over the recent claims and messages alleged to be sent by Hammer that discuss rape and cannibalism.

A friend told DailyMail.com: ‘Armie had a whole other side to him that she wasn’t aware of. Whether it was always there and he kept it hidden, or something happened that changed him completely, she doesn’t know.’ 

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