The popular Netflix drama “House of Cards” will continue production on its sixth season without Kevin Spacey, amid allegations of sexual misconduct by the actor, according to media reports.
The eight-episode season — which will be the last of the series — will begin production in early 2018, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said at a New York conference, according to Variety and The Wrap.
“It will star Robin Wright, and we’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans,” Sarandos reportedly said.
Production had halted on the political show after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was just 14 years old. Shortly after, filming of the new “House of Cards” season was suspended.
Netflix and the show’s producer, Media Rights Capital, announced in late October that the series would end, but the decision to pull the plug on the show was made several months ago, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
A release date for the final ‘‘House of Cards’’ episodes has yet to be announced.
Rapp isn’t the only one who has come forward with allegations against Spacey. Former Boston Channel 5 anchor Heather Unruh accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her teenage son last year on Nantucket, recounting the alleged attack during an emotional news conference last month.
Spacey is among those named in a widening array of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in entertainment, media, and other industries. The avalanche of allegations began in October after the New York Times published a story saying that producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed numerous women.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.