With multiple Emmy’s under its belt, it is safe to say that House of Cards help put Netflix on the map as a pioneer for high quality original streaming content. With production underway in Baltimore, Maryland for the show’s sixth season, a huge scandal hit Hollywood.
It was exposed that Kevin Spacey, the man who portrays the lead character of the show, Francis Underwood, had sexually assaulted Anthony Rapp, of CBS Access’ Star Trek: Discovery.
Since Rapp shared his #metoo story with Buzzfeed, additional people have stepped forward with allegations towards Spacey. One included filmmaker, Tony Montana. The Overnight director stated that Spacey grabbed Montana’s “whole package” and told him,
“This is Ownership.”
Hours after the Buzzfeed story broke, Kevin Spacey took to Twitter to share his regret and an ill-timed coming out:
Hollywood angrily rejected Spacey’s statement as he tried to manipulate the headlines to focus on his sexual orientation rather than his assault. In midst of all this drama, Netflix has decided that the upcoming sixth season will be the last.
Netflix and their production on House of Cards, Media Rights Capital, released a joint statement:
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Not wanting to lose out on this huge investment, as well as lay off a ton of hard-working people, the two companies are scrambling for a solution. Early rumblings include a House of Cards spinoff that would not include Spacey’s character.