Fans Call For Blake Jenner’s Recast In Merrily We Roll Along Following Melissa Benoist IPV Video
Before we say anything else, it should be noted that Melissa Benoist did not name her assailant in the 14-minute IGTV she posted declaring herself as a survivor of domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV). The Supergirl described in horrifying detail how a former partner became violent with her on several occasions — and during one incident, he almost made her go blind. This detail has lead fans to assume that Melissa is talking about her ex Blake Jenner, with whom she costarred on Glee and married in 2015.
Since their days on the FOX show and their eventual split, Melissa has gone on to remarry, grow her Supergirl fanbase, and become a role model for young women everywhere. Blake Jenner has also seen new career opportunities, starring in off Broadway musical Cyrano aside Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. He also snagged a part in upcoming film Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein. Like Richard’s earlier work, Boyhood, he intends on filming Merrily We Roll Along over the course of two decades so the actors can age like their characters do. Unfortunately, Richard couldn’t have foreseen the scandal that Blake would become embroiled in and now fans are calling on execs behind Merrily We Roll Along to oust Melissa’s ex from the project.
They recast James Weissenbach in the original production of Merrily We Roll Along and they can recast Blake Jenner I don’t care what they already filmed #Blakejenner
— She Really Likes Musicals (@MusicalsShe) November 28, 2019
Good for Melissa for speaking out about the abuse she suffered from her ex-husband Blake Jenner.
Not too late to start from scratch on Merrily We Roll Along, Linklater. https://t.co/oweutWu5GZ
— Patrick Fisackerly (@fisackerly) November 27, 2019
I will not be seeing “Merrily We Roll Along” unless they make the right choice in recasting Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt’s other co-star. I do not condone abusers. https://t.co/b3hSVkYKp7
— Elizabeth Rosalyn (@ElizabethThe) November 28, 2019
It’s not unheard of to recast a controversial actor after they’re accused of doing something abhorrent. Kevin Spacey was recast in All The Money In The World (2017) after allegations of sexual assault were brought against him. The same went for Ed Westwick‘s gig in the BBC drama Ordeal By Innocence.
Neither Ben, Beanie, nor Richard have spoken out about the allegations against Blake Jenner and Blake himself has been notably silent on social media. We’re waiting to hear what his costars have to say — though as a Twitter user noted, it appears that Ben and Beanie have made their stance known by hitting that ‘unfollow’ button.