Josh Duhamel has signed on to appear in the forthcoming action movie Shotgun Wedding by Jennifer Lopez, a PEOPLE source confirms.
The 48-year-old actor replaces Armie Hammer after the star of Call Me By Your Name stepped down from the role earlier this month, PEOPLE announced earlier.
The source adds that Shotgun Wedding, produced by Lopez and Ryan Reynolds, is expected to begin filming in the Dominican Republic on Feb. 22.
Reps from Lopez, Duhamel and Lionsgate did not respond immediately to requests for comment from PEOPLE.
The romantic comedy follows a couple putting together their families for a wedding destination. But once they arrive at the venue, the dream wedding begins to fall apart as they get cold feet. The two are then then compelled to come together to save their families from a precarious condition with hostages.
Hammer, 34, was originally scheduled to star alongside the “On the Floor” actor, 51, but left the movie after the anonymous social media account House of Effie leaked some private messages. The messages were claimed to be from the Rebecca actor and identified sexual desires, including BDSM, that have not been confirmed.
“I’m not responding to these bull— claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a previous statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that,” Hammer concluded.
A production spokesman previously told PEOPLE, “Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.
Shotgun Wedding, after his 2020 films The Lost Husband and Thought Like a Puppy, is Duhamel’s new project. Last year, the father of one made his directorial debut with the Buddy Games comedy. In the forthcoming Netflix film, Jupiter’s Legacy, he will be the next guest.
In the films Hustlers and Second Act, Lopez recently produced and starred. The Freeform series Good Trouble and NBC’s World of Dance were both produced by her executive.