Kevin Spacey's latest film Billionaire Boys Club releases in just 10 theaters nationwide. The movie is the actor's first film to come out after claims of sexual misconduct against him broke out late last year.
Directed by James Cox, Billionaire Boys Club is a remake of the 1987 miniseries of the same name starring Judd Nelson, who also appears in the contemporary film. Based on the real-life Billionaire Boys Club in Southern California during the 1980s, the movie follows a group of wealthy boys plotting to quickly get richer with a Ponzi scheme. Spacey plays Ron Levin in the narrative, a Beverly Hills notorious high rolled who gets entangled with the group.
The project boasts a cast of mainly rising stars such as Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Suki Waterhouse, Billie Lourd, and Ansel Elgort, who previously worked with Spacey in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. Despite having an interesting premise, not to mention a fairly decent-looking production based on previously released trailers, Billionaire Boys Club has been only released in 10 theaters in the United States as it skips major markets for places like Solon, Ohio; Chalmette, La. and Pompano Beach, Florida, The Wrap reports. Its theatrical roll-out follows its video-on-demand release in July. It also quietly hit a handful of international markets but with little to no marketing.
Allegations against Spacey started late last year when Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp came forward about the actor's unwanted sexual advances on him back in 1986 when they were both doing Broadway and Rapp was only 14. Shortly after, numerous men followed suit and came forward sharing their own experiences of being the subject of Spacey's harassment. Spacey issued a statement refusing the claims, saying that he didn't have any recollection of the encounter with Rapp, and at the same time admitting he is gay. Since then, he's been maintaining a low profile, hiding from the public eye. The scandal resulted in the Oscar-winning actor getting fired from his critically acclaimed Netflix series, House of Cards, as well as Ridley Scott's film All the Money in the World, where all his scenes were quickly reshot with Christopher Plummer replacing him.
It's curious why Billionaire Boys Club didn't also commission reshoots to recast Spacey - a move that could have salvaged the movie from its current situation. This would've actually been easier to pull off compared to All the Money in the World, which was under extreme time pressure to be ready in time for awards season last year. While money could have been a bigger issue considering it's coming from an indie distributor, Vertical Entertainment, maybe spending a bit more to replace Spacey would've been worth it as they not only would've been able to traditionally release the film, they would've been able to properly promote it.
Source: The Wrap