Armie Hammer has dropped out of his Shotgun Wedding role amid the bulls... social media scandal involving alleged leaked messages from the star about his sexual fantasies.
Hammers role will now be recast in the film which co-stars Jennifer Lopez and was set to start production immediately.
The actor began trending last week after a series of unverified Instagram messages which appeared to have come from his official account circulated on Twitter.
100 per cent a cannibal & I want to eat you
In a statement published by Variety, the 34-year-old broke his silence and responded to the vicious and spurious online attacks.
Im not responding to these bulls... claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and Im grateful to them for that, the statement said.
Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision, a representative for the production said.
Ryan Reynolds was previously slated to play Hammers role and is an executive producer on the film.
The move has also brought into question the fate of his other roles.
Hammer who most recently starred in Netflixs Rebecca alongside Lily James is also set to reprise his role in the upcoming Call Me by Your Name sequel with Timothe Chalamet and Paramount Plus TV series The Offer, a behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Godfather.
The alleged leaked messages from Hammer detailed graphic and disturbing sexual fantasies including an instance where he claimed hes 100 per cent a cannibal & I want to eat you and I need to drink your blood.
Another message saw the star allegedly write, Ive cut the heart out of a living animal before and eaten it while still warm, Hammer allegedly wrote in a leaked message.
You just live to obey me and be my slave, another message allegedly sent from Hammers account said.
Would you come and be my property till you die?
I will own you. Thats my soul. My brain. My spirit. My body. Would you come and be my property till you die? If I wanted to cut off one of your toes and keep it with me in my pocket so I always had a piece of you in my possession?
Back in 2017, Hammer found himself at the centre on another social media scandal when he liked a series of tweets about BDSM and claimed he was unaware that his Twitter likes were visible to the public.
Hammer previously opened up about his sex life in a 2013 interview with Playboy Magazine and later said that he regretted being so candid.
Well, if youre married to a feminist as I am, then its & I dont know how much we can put here without my parents being embarrassed, but I used to like to be a dominant lover.
I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that. But then you get married and your sexual appetites change. And I mean that for the better its not like Im suffering in any way. But you cant really pull your wifes hair. It gets to a point where you say, I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.