"House of cards" to resume production next year without Kevin Spacey

Robin Wright in House of Cards

The sixth and final season of House of Cards, the hit Netflix series thrown into crisis by sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, is to resume production early next year without its star, an industry source told AFP yesterday. "We are excited to bring closure to fans", he said.

Camera IconRobin Wright's Claire Underwood will take centre stage as Netflix attempts to salvage the show.

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. Season six was already set to be House of Cards' last before the allegations broke. There have been numerous discussions about how the show would finish or even if it would finish, after the departure of the Oscar-winning lead, Kevin Spacey, from the show.

House of Cards is produced by Media Rights Capital.

Wright plays the wife of Spacey's scheming politician character Frank Underwood on the show.

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Sarandos also said Netflix will expand animated feature films, potentially releasing four or five per year, and has 60 kids' series in production along with 30 anime originals from Japan. Deadline reports that it will be an abridged season of eight-episodes used to wrap things up in a satisfying manner.

Spacey was sacked after allegations of sexual misconduct on the set of the show and off.

Spacey was "taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment" after allegations surfaced, according to a representative.

It is not known when the final season will air nor what the current status of any spin-off might be. After initially filming the movie with Spacey as J. Paul Getty, director Ridley Scott re-shot those scenes with actor Christopher Plummer in the role instead.

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