In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, ‘All The Money in the World’ screenwriter, David Scarpa, revealed that Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins had helped the production with the secret recasting of J. Paul Getty.

In order to save the production, director Ridley Scott determined that it was best to recast the part formerly played by now disgraced actor, Kevin Spacey. However, producers understood that it was vital to secure their actor in secret. According to Scarpa, producers had said, “If it gets out, and we don’t cast this and we can’t make it happen, the movie is dead.” Lo and behold, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins offered to assist.

As opposed to the casting call being issued on behalf of Ridley Scott, the new actor would be found under Jenkins’ TNT limited drama series, One Day She’ll Darken. Scarpa said of the process: “When a call goes out to the casting agencies, ‘Ridley Scott is looking for an actor to play a 90-year-old guy,’ pretty much everybody knows what movie that is. Ridley’s casting agents basically asked if they could send the call out for the part under their production’s name. So basically it was, ‘Patty Jenkins is looking for a 90-year-old guy.’ That was basically how they were able to do it. There was a lot of this sort of … crafty maneuvers in order to make this thing come off.”

All the Money in the World opens Dec. 25th, 2017.

All The Money In the World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.