Natalie Portman was initially starring as the mother of the teen who was taken in the 1970s.
Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg are in various stages of talks to star in All the Money in the World, Ridley Scott’s thriller about the infamous Getty kidnapping being made by Tri-Star Pictures.
The story revolves around John Paul Getty III, who was 16 years old and living in Rome when he was kidnapped. The mobsters demanded $17 million for his return but the senior Getty, famous for his penny-pinching ways, refused. Weeks later, the boy’s ear arrived at a newspaper office.
J. Paul Getty still refused to pay and a negotiation ensued, with the billionaire finally paying $2.2 million.
Natalie Portman was initially in talks to play Abigail Getty, Getty III’s mother who became a driving force to get her son back when Getty shrugged, but that role now may go to Williams should a deal be made.
Spacey would play the patriarch. (Fun fact: he is buried at the Getty Villa museum in the Los Angeles neighborhood Pacific Palisades.)
Walhberg would play Fletcher Chase, an ex-CIA agent dispatched to Rome.
The studio is looking at it less as a drama but more of a kidnapping and rescue thriller with a backdrop of an ultra-wealthy family. Shades of Citizen Kane meets Chinatown and a bit of Argo is how it has been described.
Scott Free is producing along with Imperative Entertainment.