Some fans have been surprised by Armie Hammer’s appearance in Death on the Nile following allegations by a former partner last year. Hammer strenuously denied the allegations but the furore saw him dropped from a number of projects.

The adaptation of Agatha Cristie’s beloved whodunit is the latest project by director Kenneth Branagh. Hammer stars in the crime drama alongside Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman and Letitia Wright.

But some viewers are puzzled about the filming schedule of the movie.

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When and where was Death on the Nile filmed?

Death on the Nile is the third screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel. There was a 1978 movie of the same name and 2004 episode Poirot Death on the Nile from television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Principal photography for the new movie started in 2019 and was largely filmed in the UK, despite the movie being set on a luxurious boat in Egypt.

Filming took place at Longcross Studios in Surrey, where the Old Cataract Hotel and the Abu Simbel temples were created for the project.

Outside the studio, some scenes were filmed at Cotswold Water Park, a nature reserve near Swindon, England. A second production team took shots in Morocco and Egypt.

Image from 20th Century Fox.

Armie Hammer’s role in the movie explained

Armie Hammer stars in the leading role of Simon Doyle, who marries Gal Gadot’s character, Linnet Ridgeway. The actor was cast for the role in 2018 and filmed his scenes in late 2019 before the covid-19 pandemic struck.

In early 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into allegations made against Hammer, which were reported by Digital Spy.

In a statement about the allegations, Hammer’s attorney said: “With the truth on his side, Mr Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight.

“From day one, Mr Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [the alleged victim] – and every other sexual partner of his for that matter – have been completely consensual.”

Nevertheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter Disney considered reshooting scenes or replacing Hammer. However, the outlet reports this wasn’t an option due to the covid situation and working schedules of other cast members.

According to a Variety report from March 2021, sources close to the project also said Hammer’s role was too “significant” as he was the “film’s male lead”.

Disney declined to comment on the matter at the time.

Where is Armie Hammer now?

Digital Spy reports Armie Hammer dropped out of several projects while the allegations rumbled on, including The Offer, thriller Billion Dollar Spy and Shotgun Wedding, a romantic comedy alongside Jennifer Lopez.

This week The Sun reported Hammer had been spotted out and about in Beverly Hills. The newspaper reports Hammer recently spent nine months in rehab.

A source told the outlet: “Armie is out of the treatment facility where he spent almost nine months. He is doing really well and it’s wonderful news for his family. He’s back in the Cayman Islands.”

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