'House of Cards' to resume production without Spacey
NEW YORK - AFP
The sixth and final season of "House of Cards," the hit Netflix series thrown into crisis by sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, is to resume production early next year without its star, an industry source told on Dec. 4.
The show's finale is now set to focus on the character of Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, who, having succeeded her husband as president at the end of season five, looked directly at the camera, declaring: "My turn."
Netflix put the award-winning political thriller series on hold in response to the slew of allegations against Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner accused of attempting to rape a teenage boy and of a pattern of harassment towards younger, male colleagues -- including on the set of "House of Cards."
Season six, which was scheduled to air in 2018, will count just eight episodes instead of the regular 13 made for previous installments of the hit show, in which Spacey plays a corrupt US congressman who eventually becomes president.
Considered one of the most gifted actors of his generation, the career of the 58-year-old Spacey, whose collaboration with Netflix put the streaming giant on the map, was sent into freefall by the sex allegations that emerged at the end of October.
Netflix immediately dropped the actor, who has been publicly accused of attempting to rape a 15-year-old boy, and of making advances on actor Anthony Rapp three decades ago, when he was 14 years old.
According to British media, London police are also investigating him for an alleged assault in 2008.
Former "House of Cards" employees have claimed Spacey turned the set into a "toxic" environment through a pattern of harassment, and similar claims have been made regarding The Old Vic, the London Theater where he was artistic director from 2003-2015.