The BBC simply pulled a Ridley Scott for its upcoming adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel, “Ordeal by Innocence.”
Former “Gossip Girl” big name Ed Westwick used to be set to big name within the sequence, however has since been changed through actor Christian Cooke after 3 girls accused Westwick of sexual attack, the community introduced on Friday, consistent with Variety.
All of Westwick’s scenes shall be reshot later this month with co-stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew Goode and Eleanor Tomlinson.
The premiere of the three-part drama sequence used to be to start with meant to air on Dec. 26, however used to be postponed indefinitely in November within the wake of accusations through actress Kristina Cohen, in addition to two different girls, Aurélie Wynn and Rachel Eck.
Production at the actor’s different ongoing sequence, “White Gold,” which used to be in the course of capturing its 2nd season, has additionally been halted.
“These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied,” the community in the past mentioned in a remark forward of the scheduled premiere. “The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ in the schedules. The independent production company making ‘White Gold’ has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.”
Westwick has since emphatically denied the allegations, whilst the Los Angeles Police Department continues an investigation into the claims.
“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” Westwick mentioned in a remark on Instagram. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”
In November, director Ridley Scott made a an identical choice when he erased Kevin Spacey from his movie “All The Money in the World,” after a couple of males got here ahead with sexual attack allegations.
A brand new air date for “Ordeal by Innocence” has but to be introduced.