After much speculation regarding the future of the original Netflix series House of Cards, it has been announced that the sixth season will began filming without the leading star, Kevin Spacey. Spacey's removal from the show doesn't come as a surprise since allegations against the actor caused the production for the sixth season to be put on halt.
It has also been revealed that the sixth season will be solely based on Robin Wright's character, Claire Underwood. Claire is the wife of Frank Underwood, who was portrayed by Spacey. The production for the sixth season will reportedly start around the beginning of 2018 and will be the final season for the show.
It was announced in an official statement by Netflix that the company would no longer be affiliated with the once critically-acclaimed actor following the ongoing accusations against him.
"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey," the statement read.
Spacey's Fall From Grace
Spacey was accused by Star Trek star Anthony Rapp of sexually harassing the actor in the '80s, when Rapp was a teenager. Spacey apologized, stating that he "did not recall" making a pass at the actor. He also used the unwanted media attention to announce he was gay. Since then, a plethora of men in the industry came forward and claimed Spacey either harassed or groped them. Spacey quietly took a step out of the spotlight and checked himself into rehab for treatment.
No word has been given yet as to how the writers of House of Cards will write off Spacey's character.
Spacey was recently replaced in the movie All the Money World by actor Christopher Plummer, and his Netflix film Gore will not be released.
Rapp has recently received numerous threats and angry tweets from fans of the series, stating that the actor was an "attention-seeker," who ruined lively-hood of the other cast members on the show.