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Will Arnett to replace Armie Hammer in Taika Waititi’s upcoming soccer comedy film

Los Angeles, Jan 1 (UNI) Canadian actor Will Arnett will be replacing Armie Hammer in Taika Waititi’s upcoming Searchlight Pictures soccer comedy, "Next Goal Wins".
The news of the Hammer’s exit comes after the actor was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Hammer on his part has denied the allegations, however the LAPD has launched an investigation into the matter.
Hammer has since been dropped by his agents at WME and exited multiple projects, including the Jennifer Lopez movie "Shotgun Wedding" and the 'Godfather' series at Paramount+, as well as Broadway play "The Minutes". The actor will next be seen in the Fox/Disney movie "The Death on the Nile", which is due out over Valentine’s Day weekend.
Based on a 2014 British documentary of the same name from Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, "Next Goal Wins" is an underdog story that follows the national football team of American Samoa and their coach, Thomas Rongen, as they try to transform from bottom rung losers into an outfit eligible for qualification for FIFA World Cup.
Hammer was set to play a soccer executive working at the Football Federation American Samoa, a role that will now been transferred to Arnett.
Arnett, who recently reshot Hammer’s scenes, star alongside Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Oscar Kightley and Lehi Falepapalangi, among others.
The "Arrested Development" actor has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, with credits that include 30 Rock, BoJack Horseman and the Lego Movie franchise, where he voices Lego Batman. He was recently seen in "Muppets Haunted Mansion" and "The Morning Show".
Arnett is repped by CAA, Artists First and Sloane Offer.
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