‘House of Cards’ resumes production; new cast members

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After three months of being put on hold following the sexual assault allegations against its star Kevin Spacey, the production of the acclaimed television series “House of Cards” has finally resumed. Also, they have now added two prominent actors Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to its cast.

Video streaming giant Netflix announced that the production for the series resumed Wednesday and that Lane and Kinnear will be introduced to the story as siblings. The service did not provide any other details regarding the roles of the new cast members or how prominent their characters will be.

Both actors have been nominated for Academy Awards and add veteran acting expertise to the already acclaimed television series. Lane was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her leading role in “Unfaithful,” while Kinnear was nominated for the film “As Good As It Gets.”

The sixth and final season of “House of Cards” will see the return of series veterans Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott, and Boris McGiver.

The production was shut down in late October following reports of sexual assault allegations against Spacey, who at the time was one of the show’s centerpieces along with Wright. Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of inappropriate touch and sexual advances toward him when he was a minor. Others have also stepped forward and echoed Rapp’s allegations.

In a statement, Spacey said he does not remember the incident, but apologized for what “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” In the same statement, Spacey also decided to come out as gay, a move that received criticism, as he appeared to be trying to deflect the attention from the sexual assault allegations.

Netflix decided put the production of “House of Cards” on hold and to part ways with Spacey. After he was dropped by Netflix, Spacey was also replaced in his then upcoming movie “All the Money in the World.”