“House of Cards” is poised to resume production without its star, Kevin Spacey, after the actor was axed following allegations of sexual misconduct.
A Netflix source tells ITK the political drama will resume production sans Spacey early next year ahead of a sixth and final season.
The streaming service had suspended production of its Emmy Award-winning show after actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey — who played the diabolical protagonist President Frank Underwood — made unwanted sexual advances on him when Rapp was 14 years old.
Spacey had apologized, saying he was “beyond horrified to hear” Rapp’s account, and that he didn’t remember the 1986 encounter.
Last month, CNN reported that eight people who currently and previously worked on “House of Cards” described the work environment as “toxic.” One of the sources claimed that Spacey sexually assaulted him during an early season of the show, which premiered in 2013.
Netflix said in a statement last month that it would “not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey.”
Robin Wright, who plays Underwood’s Oval Office-ascending wife, will return to her role as part of the upcoming eight-episode season.