Will ‘Death on the Nile’ Sink Amid Armie Hammer Fan Backlash?

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Death on the Nile may be facing more issues than release delays due to a new controversy involving one of the film’s stars.

Earlier today, Page Six broke a story about Disney actor Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, Cars franchise) and his ex-girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich.

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The female entrepreneur shared some shocking — and rather grisly — details about Hammer.

Somewhat ironically, Hammer’s most famous Disney role — in the aforementioned Lone Ranger film — was alongside Johnny Depp’s Tonto. Depp has faced his own fair share of controversy in recent months amid his libel case involving domestic violence allegations from ex-wife Amber Heard.

Now, social media is blowing up with fan reactions to Vucekovich’s disturbing story — and the resurfacing of other leaked text messages, as reported by E! News.

Here, we take a look at how fans have responded to the — possibly former, as it isn’t likely the studio will work with him again following this — Disney actor’s majorly controversial situation.

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Twitter user Ron Delnevo shared a BBC link that addresses the fact that Hammer has also reportedly pulled-out of starring in new Ryan Reynolds-directed film Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez and wrote:

Does such abuse merit a minimum 10 year prison sentence? Probably the only way to stop it. “Armie Hammer: Actor pulls out of film over ‘vicious’ online abuse – BBC News”

Moon shared the shocked reaction that many movie fans are having, posting the following reply to a description of Hammer’s allegedly cannibalistic messages:

oh wait is this about armie hammer???

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Another social media user, Sarah Gorman, posted these thoughts about the developing situation:

i miss armie hammer’s most interesting quality being that his name is armand hammer

Us, too, Sarah.

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The Atlantic senior editor Lenika Cruz wrote:

i had managed to avoid the armie hammer cannibal discourse until two seconds ago when my husband walked into the room and said “have you heard about how armie hammer is a cannibal”

A follower, PugSmore responded:

My curiosity got the better of me after Dionne Warwick mention Armie Hammer in a tweet lol

The Warwick Tweet in question — which seems to be how quite a few people on Twitter (if you simply search “Armie Hammer”) discovered the controversy — reads:

I was looking through the trending subjects and came across Armie Hammer. I will not be looking again for the rest of the day.

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If you are interested in following the Armie Hammer situation as it evolves, visit Twitter where the topic is currently trending.

What does this mean for Disney fans?

Armie Hammer is one of the stars of the upcoming Disney/20th Century Studios film Death on the Nile. The also stars famed actors Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right, 20th Century Women) and Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing) alongside leading lady Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984), Leticia Wright (Black Panther, Small Axe), and Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Snatched, Cold Pursuit).

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The film, in which Branagh will reprise his Murder on the Orient Express (2017) role as Agatha Christie’s iconic detective, Hercule Poirot, was originally set for a December release date and is now scheduled for September 17, 2021.

The official description reads:

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement. “Death on the Nile” reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s global hit “Murder on the Orient Express,” and stars five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot. He is joined by an all-star cast of suspects, including: Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar® nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright. “Death on the Nile” is written by Michael Green, adapted from Christie’s novel, and is produced by Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a., Judy Hofflund, p.g.a., Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg and Kevin J. Walsh, with Matthew Jenkins, James Prichard and Matthew Prichard serving as executive producers.

You can watch the trailer for Death on the Nile below:

Disney has not released an official statement regarding the status of Death on the Nile amid these unfortunate allegations involving Armie Hammer. Inside the Magic will continue to provide updates as they are available.

Although some are trying to make light of the Armie Hammer controversy on social media, the ITM team would like to remind you that feeling uncomfortable in a relationship is never okay. If you are currently experiencing domestic or sexual abuse, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24-hours per day and is free to residents to all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. 

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