The first look at Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” is here. The dramatic biopic is based upon the real life events surrounding the 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s teenage grandson John Paul Getty III, which was adapted into a Black List-ed screenplay from David Scarpa (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”). Check out the official image below.
In an interview with EW, Scott revealed his initial reaction to Scarpa’s script, saying, “I just consumed it. I knew about the kidnapping, but this story was very, very provocative.” He felt that Gail Getty, mother of kidnap victim Getty III, was an “exceptional character, while notorious oil tycoon Getty had “many facets” which make him a “really great study” for a film project. He also noted that the film’s ultimate dynamic between its characters reminded him of a play, not a movie, which intrigued him further.
The director also explained some of his casting choices for “All the Money in the World,” some of which were quick picks. Scott immediately thought of Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) for the role of Getty Sr., a man who invested heavily in the arts but was reluctant to pay his own grandson’s ransom. The director had never worked with Spacey before, but “always knew” he would have the actor portray the frugal businessman. Spacey is best known for his portrayal of the scheming, bitter Francis Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
For the role of Gail, Scott wanted to work with “someone new,” and Michelle Williams (pictured above) ultimately fit the bill; the actor impressed Scott with her research of the Getty family, who was known to be private at all costs. “There was very little footage of [Gail], but around the kidnapping, there was one particular interview she did that Michelle jumped at, and it shows Gail Getty being very assertive, very smart.” Williams embodies those qualities when portraying the worried mother, according to the director.
“All the Money in the World” premieres Dec. 8.