Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams to Join Getty Kidnapping Drama

Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Kevin Spacey in talks to join Ridley Scott’s Getty kidnapping film, All the Money in the World.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Wahlberg (Patriots Day), Michele Williams (Manchester By The Sea) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) are in talks to join All the Money in the World, based on the true story of the John Paul Getty III kidnapping.  The film will be directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian) from a screenplay by David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still).  Here’s the report from The Hollywood Reporter (via Coming Soon):

“The film will follow the 1973 kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III and his mother Abigail Getty/Gail Harris’ desperate attempt to get the boy’s grandfather, oilman John Paul Getty Sr (at the time the richest man in the world), to pay the ransom. Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman passed on the Harris role before Williams took it on, while Jack Nicholson was turned down the chance to play Getty Sr before Spacey took up the challenge. Wahlberg will play Fletcher Chase, an ex-CIA agent dispatched to Rome to deal with the kidnapping.

The grandson of the oil billionaire, Getty was snatched at age 16 with a $17 million ransom demanded. When the family didn’t reply fast enough to the ransom note, Getty’s captors forwarded an envelope that contained his ear, with a promise that more pieces would follow. Ultimately, the ransom was paid, Getty was found in southern Italy, and the kidnappers got away with the fortune. Getty III later became the father of actor Balthazar Getty (Lost Highway, Twin Peaks, When We Rise).”

Production is expected to begin on this film in Italy in May.  What do you think about how the cast is shaping up for this Ridley Scott “kidnapping and rescue thriller”?  Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.

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