Robin Wright will lead the final season of "House of Cards," which will move on without Kevin Spacey, Netflix announced on Monday.
Netflix cut ties with Spacey, the South Orange native who played main character Frank Underwood in the series, on Nov. 3 after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor came to light in recent weeks. Wright co-stars as Underwood's wife Claire. Since Spacey has been removed from show's cast, fans have called for the actress to front the show.
Wright, 51, will head up last season, which will include eight episodes and resume production in 2018.
"We are excited to bring closure to fans," Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "House of Cards," which debuted in 2013, was Netflix's first original, self-commissioned series. The streaming drama claimed six Emmys and 46 nominations. (Wright won the best actress Emmy.)
Spacey, 58, is accused of groping a number of men and making sexual advances on (and in one case, having a sexual relationship with) boys as young as 14. Shortly after actor Anthony Rapp alleged to BuzzFeed that Spacey had climbed on top of him in the 1980s, when he was 14 and the actor was 26, Netflix announced that the show would end after its sixth season. (In a statement, Spacey said he did not recall the incident, but apologized to Rapp, saying that if it did happen, then it would have translated to drunken behavior. He was criticized for deflecting from the accusations by coming out as gay in the same statement.)
The Hollywood Reporter says that two episodes of the sixth season had already been completed when Rapp went public with the allegations, and that the final season was originally supposed to last 13 episodes.
The report also notes that in "House of Cards," the Michael Dobbs book that inspired the series (which is, in turn, based on a British adaptation of the book, which centers on intrigue in British government), Spacey's character dies, so eliminating Underwood from the show may not prove so difficult.
Just after the show went on an indefinite hiatus, eight "House of Cards" crew members told CNN Spacey was known to grope male employees, with one production assistant saying Spacey had stuck his hand down his pants.
On Nov. 16, London's Old Vic theater, where Spacey was an artistic director for 11 years, announced that 20 people allege Kevin Spacey engaged in sexual misconduct during and before his tenure there.
Netflix has also axed plans for a Gore Vidal biopic that was supposed to star Spacey, and Ridley Scott, director of the upcoming film "All the Money in the World," quickly replaced Spacey with actor Christopher Plummer in the role of oil magnate Jean Paul Getty, reshooting all of the actor's scenes in time for the movie's Dec. 22 release. Spacey was also cut out of CBS' recent 50th anniversary special of "The Carol Burnett Show" for which he had performed a musical number with Burnett, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters.
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