Armie Hammer, in the midst of recent sexual assault accusations, exits the play The Minutes by Tracy Letts, set to return to Broadway in 2022.
Armie Hammer will not be returning to perform in the Broadway play The Minutes. The play was written by Tracy Letts, who has written plays like Bug, Killer Joe, and August: Osage County. The Minutes centers on a city council meeting and shows the inner workings of it when a newcomer arrives, showing the hypocrisy and immorality of democracy. The play began a brief run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2017 before transferring to Broadway in 2020, receiving critical acclaim and becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. While it began previews, the production was indefinitely delayed due to the pandemic before it could officially open on Broadway.
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Hammer joined the stage production when it moved to Broadway at the Cort Theater, playing Mr. Peel, replacing Cliff Chamberlain, who now plays Mr. Breeding in the Broadway production. The play also features Letts, Ian Barford, Blair Brown, K. Todd Freeman, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, and Austin Pendleton. It began previews in February for about three weeks before shutting down, but will return to Broadway in a different theater for the 2021-2022 season in March 2022, with the Broadway cast returning with the exception of one.
According to The Wrap, Hammer has left the production of The Minutes in the midst of an investigation by the LAPD over his sexual assault allegations. Hammer recently came under fire after leaked messages allegedly accusing him of rape and also having a cannibalism fetish. Hammer has continued to deny the allegations. His comment regarding his departure of The Minutes can be read below:
“I have loved every single second of working on ‘The Minutes’ with the family I made from Steppenwolf. But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.”
The news comes as no surprise as The Minutes is the latest project that Hammer has left following the accusations. He has subsequently been dropped or withdrawn from numerous future projects including The Billion Dollar Spy, the Watergate series Gaslit for Starz, and the Paramount+ series The Offer about the making of the 1972 classic The Godfather. Hammer has also been dropped by his agency WME.
Since the accusations have risen and Armie Hammer was known to be involved with this play, it was only a matter of time before this would be addressed. It is unknown what will result from the investigation into Hammer and how his career will be handled if and when, but it is probably best for Hammer to take some time away to focus on his personal life. His role on The Minutes has yet to have a replacement but the play will return on Broadway when it becomes safe to open up.
Source: The Wrap
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