Death on the Nile trailer tries its best to downplay Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer is back on screen, but he's not exactly the center of attention.
Having kept a low profile since being accused of sexual assault, psychological abuse, and manipulation earlier this year (allegations he denies), the embattled actor briefly but notably appears in the new trailer for Kenneth Branagh's whodunit Death on the Nile (above).
Hammer stars in the ensemble film alongside Branagh (who also directed), Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey, Russell Brand, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening, and more. He's also featured on the poster (below).
Based on the 1937 Agatha Christie novel, Death on the Nile is a sequel to Branagh's 2017 adaptation of The Orient Express. The crime thriller, in theaters Feb. 11, follows detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) as he investigates the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship on what should have been a glamorous Egyptian vacation across the Nile River.
Hammer became embroiled in controversy in January, when an anonymous Instagram account shared unverified screenshots of messages describing cannibalism and violent sexual fantasies, which were purportedly sent by the actor to various women who said they had sexual relationships with him.
Hammer denied the allegations, calling them "bulls--- claims" and "spurious online attacks." In March, a woman accused Hammer of rape and "other acts of violence." Through his attorney, Hammer denied the allegations.
In the wake of the controversy, Hammer dropped out of several acting projects, including Shotgun Wedding, The Offer, and Billion Dollar Spy.
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