Following the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Kevin Spacey, the producers of House of Cards are rushing to figure out a way for the show to live on without Frank Underwood (Spacey), the show’s lead.
Netflix already announced Season 6 of House of Cards will be its last, but has also since suspended production on that season indefinitely. Netflix and Media Rights Capital, who produce the show, have also been looking at options for spinoffs, one likely scenario involving a spinoff focusing on Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly).
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Variety now reports that producers are discussing the killing of Frank Underwood, and have the show’s sixth and (still) final season concentrate on his wife Claire (Robin Wright).
Producers worry that moving forward with Spacey may not be an option, yet they don’t want to halt production on Season 6 for good, as over 300 members of the cast and crew would be out of work. The new season has just started filming, so it is assumed Spacey’s character could be written out without scrapping the entire season.
The producers, meanwhile, are also paying close attention to Spacey’s contract to see if they can legally move forward without him. There’s a chance they may be obligated to put him in the remaining episodes, at which point, they would have a very difficult decision to make, indeed.
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