Late last year the BBC were forced to delay their adaptation of Agatha Christie's Ordeal By Innocence following allegations made against co-star Ed Westwick. The three-episode mini-series was due to launch on Boxing Day, but given the seriousness of the allegations the BBC did the responsible thing and removed Ordeal By Innocence from the schedule.
The BBC has now revealed that Westwick's role as Mickey Argyll will be reshot later this month with Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction, The Promise). Cooke will film scenes with the majority of the ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson, Anthony Boyle, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Ella Purnell and Alice Eve.
The decision to reshoot the scenes came from co-producers Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited to avoid the series being shelved indefinitely. Mammoth Screen previously produced Agatha Christie adaptations And Then There Were None, Witness For The Prosecution, and ratings giant Poldark. Mammoth Screen is also in the early stages of developing a three-part mini-series of War of the Worldsset in the Victorian Era from Doctor Who writer Peter Hartness.
Ordeal By Innocence is the second high-profile production to be faced with reshoots following sexual allegations made against a cast member. Ridley Scott's recently released All The Money In The World removed Kevin Spacey from the film and brought in Christopher Plummer for some speedy reshoots. Taking just nine-days to film the scenes with Plummer, the movie was still ready to meet its original US release date.
The BBC is expected to announce a new broadcast date is soon, but an Easter Weekend launch seems like an ideal time for an Agatha Christie murder mystery with an all-star cast. Who am I kidding, every day is an ideal time for an Agatha Christie murder mystery with an all-star cast.