'House of Cards' production will start in 2018 without Kevin Spacey

David Giesbrecht  Netflix		Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in House of Cards Season 5
David Giesbrecht Netflix Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in House of Cards Season 5

05 December, 2017

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos announced Monday morning that the streaming service's flagship series would return for a shortened eight-episode final season, but without Kevin Spacey.

Spacey reportedly will not appear in any of the episodes, even though the final season was two weeks into shooting. Robin Wright, who plays the president's wife Claire Underwood, will assume the lead role. "We are excited to bring closure to fans", he said.

Media Rights Capital produces House of Cards and licenses the show to Netflix.

Netflix has now confirmed it will begin production of the final season and that Robin Wright will star in the eight episode arc.

Sarandos also said Season 6 would provide a "good creative conclusion" to the series.

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It was announced in an official statement by Netflix that the company would no longer be affiliated with the once, critically-acclaimed actor following the on-going accusations against him.

The future of the show has been up in air recently following the many allegations of sexual abuse against the show's star Kevin Spacey.

Netflix is also jumping into the children's entertainment space as it will create 60 original kids series in-house next year, as well as its first animated movies. As more allegations surfaced, Spacey's representative told the press that the actor was seeking treatment.

Sarandos spoke about "House of Cards" at USB's Global Media and Communications Conference in NY. She has co-starred with Spacey in the last five seasons of the hit political drama. Celebrities were infuriated by his out-of-place response, as was Netflix, who fired him and suspended production for House Of Cards as soon as they heard of his allegedly sick acts.

Spacey said after the first allegation that he was "beyond horrified" by Rapp's claim of assault.

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