LOS ANGELES (NYTIMES) – Kevin Spacey is out. Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear are in.
The sixth and ultimate season of House Of Cards will introduce new characters because it tries to maneuver previous a sexual misconduct scandal that put the Netflix sequence in peril and compelled out its greatest star.
Spacey, who performed the central character, Frank Underwood, a ruthless politician who turns into president, was proven the door amid allegations of sexual misconduct final yr.
Production for the brand new season, after a three-month hiatus, resumed on Tuesday (Jan 30).
Netflix didn’t disclose what roles Lane or Kinnear will play apart from that they are going to be brother and sister.
Kinnear, 54, and Lane, 53, are each Academy Award nominees. Robin Wright, the co-star of House Of Cards, will probably be on the centre of the ultimate season.
The return to manufacturing ends a three-month odyssey that started shortly after The New York Times revealed an investigation detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations towards the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and a nationwide looking on sexual harassment started in earnest.
In October, after Anthony Rapp, an actor, accused Spacey of inappropriate sexual behaviour, Netflix introduced that the following season of House Of Cards can be its final, and suspended manufacturing not lengthy after. Spacey apologised to Rapp, however quite a few different allegations towards him emerged.
Though House Of Cards is previous its peak when it comes to cultural relevance, it’s a landmark for the streaming service. It gave Netflix a daring entry into the TV panorama when it debuted in 2013, and within the 5 years since, the tech large has upended the TV business.
Netflix stated it might spend as much as US$eight billion (S$10 billion) in content material this yr, dwarfing all rivals.
Other tech corporations like Apple, Facebook and Google are actually springing into gear and investing a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of to create their very own unique programming.
Netflix has paid a value for sexual misconduct scandals. The streaming service final month stated it took a US$39 million write down for unreleased programming that David Wells, its chief monetary officer, stated was associated to the “the societal reset around sexual harassment.”
Netflix had been planning a film starring Spacey about Gore Vidal, the author, and a stand-up particular with Louis CK, the comic who was additionally accused of sexual misconduct. Both have been tossed away.
The ultimate season of House Of Cards is anticipated to be eight episodes lengthy, down from the standard 13, and might be launched later this yr.