Fantastic Beasts star's new movie drops Armie Hammer from lead role

Rianne Houghton
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Armie Hammer has been dropped from the upcoming thriller The Billion Dollar Spy, it's claimed. Reports of Hammer's exit from the movie follows the news that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the actor following allegations of rape.

According to TheWrap, Hammer will no longer star alongside Fantastic Beasts' Mads Mikkelsen in the Cold War-era drama, which would have seen Hammer play a CIA agent in Moscow.

Earlier this month, the LAPD confirmed that Hammer "is the main suspect in an alleged sexual assault investigation that was initiated February 3 of this year". The actor – who strongly denies the allegations – has been accused of rape and physical abuse by a former partner.

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Photo credit: Tommaso Boddi - Getty Images

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In a statement, lawyers for Hammer said: "With the truth on his side, Mr Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight. From day one, Mr Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [the alleged victim] – and every other sexual partner of his for that matter – have been completely consensual."

The Billion Dollar Spy is set to star Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen, who was recently announced as Fantastic Beasts 3's replacement for Johnny Depp.

Opening up about his new role as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off series, Mikkelsen admitted that it will be "tricky" to bridge the gap between Depp's portrayal of the character and his own.

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Photo credit: NurPhoto - Getty Images

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"Well it's going to be me, so that's a difference," he said. "There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I'm going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own.

"But also we have to find a few links and some bridges so it doesn't completely detach from what he's already masterfully achieved."

Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled to hit cinemas on July 15, 2022.

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