Netflix is officially moving forward on its final season of House of Cards — without Kevin Spacey.
Co-lead Robin Wright will head the eight-episode season as Claire Underwood. It’s unclear how the show will write out Spacey’s character Frank Underwood. However, in the books the series is based on, Frank’s character dies.
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos confirmed the show would resume production in early 2018.
‘We are excited to bring closure to fans,’ he added.
The show was initially temporarily halted following actor Anthony Rapp’s initial accusations of sexual abuse against Spacey in October.
The final season was initially supposed to be 13 episodes. Two episodes had already been completed.
‘I wish them all the very best’
Rapp tweeted about the news of Spacey’s axe from the series.
I’m very gratified to learn that the many folks who’ve been in limbo this past month will in fact have the chance to complete their work that had been interrupted. I wish them all the very best on @HouseofCards Season 6. https://t.co/o4Qh0JzKek
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) December 4, 2017
‘I’m very gratified to learn that the many folks who’ve been in limbo this past month will in fact have the chance to complete their work that had been interrupted,’ he wrote.
‘I wish them all the very best on House of Cards Season 6.’
House of Cards was Netflix’s first original series and debuted in 2013. Throughout its first five seasons, it earned 46 Emmy nominations and six wins.
This move by Netflix follows Ridley Scott’s decision to replace Spacey from his movie All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer. That movie comes out this month.