The political drama House of Cards will return for a final eight-episode season in early 2018 without actor Kevin Spacey.
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos announced Monday that the sixth season of the show will feature Robin Wright.
“We are excited to bring closure to fans,” Sarandos said. “We’re excited for the 370 people who make ‘House of Cards’ and have done the best work of their lives on that show; for the 2,000 people in Baltimore who have come to depend on that show for their jobs. And so we’re really excited that we were able to come to a good creative conclusion to the show.”
Late October, actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed News that Spacey had tried to sexually assault him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. Several others then came forth with additional allegations of sexual misconduct by Spacey, including more than 20 people at the Old Vic theater in London, where Spacey was artistic director from 2004 through 2015.
In early November, Netflix severed ties with Spacey.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement on November 3. “We will continue to work with [Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
During the first five seasons of House of Cards, Spacey played the character of Frank Underwood, a ruthless Southern politician that ultimately ascends to the White House. Wright plays Claire Underwood, Frank’s wife. At the end of season five, Frank resigned from the presidency in disgrace and Claire became president.