According to a Deadline report, the streaming service's content chief, Ted Sarandos, revealed on Monday at the UBS's Global Media and Communications Conference in NY that House of Cards will begin production on its sixth and final season in early 2018 and that its lead actor, Oscar victor Kevin Spacey, will not be featured.
The streaming service and content creator is positioned to release at least 80 original movies in 2018, Sarandos said Monday at UBS's Global Media and Communications Conference in NY. The final season will be shorter, with just eight episodes. Robin Wright, who plays the president's wife Claire Underwood, will assume the lead role.
"We are excited about being able to bring some closure for the fans", Sarandos said.
"I can actually give you some news in the room today because we have been in arrangement to produce a sixth season of House of Cards". Perhaps, more importantly, it means 2,000 people who work in the Baltimore area will continue to have work and not be punished for the misconduct of one person. Since then, numerous allegations against the Oscar-winning actor have surfaced.
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.
Spacey also has been fired from a film about Gore Vidal in which he was to play the title character, and he was replaced by Christopher Plummer in the soon-to-release "All the Money in the World", forcing last-minute reshoots before the film's debut December 22.
Wright's character, Claire Underwood, finished season five by winning election as the first USA female president after wresting power from her husband.
Netflix's content chief Ted Sarandos announced "House of Cards" will carry on, with Robin Wright as the focal point. "We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate out path forward as it relates to the show", Netflix said in a statement in early November.
That left "House of Cards" writers with a problem: They has to rewrite a show that already had been finalized and completed production on two episodes.
Following Rapp's allegation, Spacey said in a post on Twitter he does not remember the alleged incident.