Netflix 'House of Cards' to resume without Kevin Spacey

06 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Kevin Spacey and Anthony Rapp

The final season will consist of eight episodes, instead of the typical 13 episodes that seasons one through five consisted of.

"We are excited to bring closure to fans", Sarandos said during a conference on Monday, revealing that the 2,000 people who work on the show will get to return to work next year.

Robin Wright, who has starred alongside Spacey since the beginning of the series, playing wife Claire to his Frank Underwood, seemed the frontrunner to be shifted to lead, particularly after having ended the last season as the reigning president.

Netflix cut ties with Spacey back in November, saying at the time it would "not be involved with any further production of "House of Cards" that includes Kevin Spacey". Sources at the time told THR that season six was nearly entirely written before Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp went public October 29 with allegations that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986 - when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14. How will they write Spacey out of the script but keep the storyline going?

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First elements of response, with the announcement of a Kevin Spacey totally absent from the season.

Last week MRC producers had informed "House of Cards" cast and crew that the hiatus on season 6 would be extended through December 8 and that the crew will continue to be paid during the break.

House of Cards was too big of a hit to simply bail out on it, so the team has clearly had to make adjustments. It debuted in 2013 to much acclaim and immediately put Netflix on the prestige TV map. The streaming service also sacked a film that was in the works with Spacey as well. Christopher Plummer will take over Spacey's role as J. Paul Getty in the feature, due in theaters December 22.

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