Netflix finally announces replacements for Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'
The allegations of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct leveled against producer Harvey Weinstein were bad enough, but the revelations about his case led to many other people coming forward about their own stories of abuse at the hands of Hollywood's most powerful men.
After actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of being inappropriate with him when he was only 14 years old, with one event ending with the older man "laying down on top of him", the House of Cards actor became the subject of public scrutiny. These claims were further strengthened by numerous other people who came forward to speak about Spacey's behavior, leading to his popularity with audiences plummeting.
Not long after, the director of Spacey's latest movie All The Money In The World made a bold decision. Ridley Scott surprised many by conducting extensive reshoots for the already-finished movie, completely replacing Spacey with Christopher Plummer last minute. The reshoots themselves sparked a debate about the pay gap in Hollywood, but most audiences were glad that such a decision was made.
It has left some other productions in a sticky situation, however, especially when it comes to the TV series House of Cards. Many wondered whether Netflix would just cancel the show, given how much it focused on the Spacey's character, Frank Underwood. Instead, they announced their intentions to move forward with the sixth and final season of the show without Spacey at all.
In early 2017, it was revealed that the cost of the streaming service severing its relationship with him being in the millions. For its fourth fiscal quarter, it announced a write-down of $39 million. And while the reasons for this reduction in value weren't stated, a source familiar with the accounting in this case confirmed that "the write-down accounted for the final episodes of House of Cards".
"These types of business write-downs are an ongoing facet … of producing content," Netflix CFO David Wells stated. "We just hadn’t had one of this magnitude and related to the societal reset around sexual harassment, so it was somewhat unusual in that respect."
So how will they move forward? It has been previously said that they would go ahead with lead actress Robin Wright headlining the final season. But now the production has named its latest replacements to fill the gap left by Spacey's departure from the project, with two respected actors joining the fray.
As production began on the final eight episodes this week, it was revealed that both Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear will be joining the next series. They will join returning cast members Michael Kelly, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Derek Cecil and Campbell Scott.
Kinnear was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for As Good As It Gets in 1998, while Lane was nominated for Best Actress for her film Unfaithful. No official description of their characters has been confirmed yet, but they are said to play "key roles", with some reports saying that they will play brother and sister.
There has been no premiere date announced to the public yet, with many wondering exactly how it's all going to work. We'll have to wait and see.