Deadpool 2 Has No Plan to Replace T.J. Miller Following Allegations

01/08/2018

“Deadpool 2” won’t be following in the footsteps of “All the Money in the World”.

 

Though two women have come forward with allegations of misconduct against Silicon Valley actor T.J. Miller (one accusation involves sexual assault), in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, the film's producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, said it would not be possible to drop Miller at this stage, with Deadpool 2 hitting theaters on June 1. "We're in the final editing." Shuler Donner said. "I don’t think so."

Shuler Donner also briefly touched on Miller's future in the franchise, indicating it's up to Disney and Fox to make this decision, which is expected to happen after the Disney-Fox deal closes. "That's a whole studio thing," Shuler Donner said. "I don't know."

Miller was accused of sexual abuse by an anonymous woman who gave an interview to The Daily Beast that was published December 19. The woman described being the victim of assault and physical violence at the hands of Miller when they both attended George Washington University. One evening when she went back to Miller’s apartment after having a few drinks, she was “punched in the mouth during sex.” During another altercation, the woman says Miller choked her to the point where she was audibly gasping and then raped her.

Miller denied the accusations, telling The Daily Beast that the woman was “using the current climate” of the #MeToo movement “to bandwagon and launch these false accusations.” Miller’s “Deadpool” co-star Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch never weighed in on the issue, and now it appears Miller will remain in the sequel.

At the end of 2017, Ridley Scott made movie history when he decided to quickly replace actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World. The decision came on the heels of sexual assault allegations against Spacey, allegations that resulted in the actor being suspended from the Netflix show House of Cards, among other things. Rather than potentially damage the film with Spacey’s presence, Scott acted quickly and reshot all of the actor’s scenes in 19 days with Christopher Plummer. Plummer’s role was surprisingly substantial in the final film, and Scott was able to complete the reshoots and release the film in less time than the impending Deadpool 2 June release date. Reshoots may not be easy or cheap, but when the actor in question is so particularly toxic, might they not be worth it? As Scott said when questioned about the reshoots, “You can sit there and let something kill you, or you can take action…I took action.”