Here’s Robin Wright’s Platform to Save “House of Cards” After Spacey Scandal

Variety profiles the campaign to save Netflix political thriller's final season.

Because Netflix and producers elected to go forward with a sixth and final season of House of Cards after the firing of the series’ biggest star, Kevin Spacey, the highest (fictional) job in the land went to a deserving woman.

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the show’s newest president and former first lady, Claire Underwood.

Eight episodes of the season had been written and the rest of the series finale mapped out when BuzzFeed published an Oct. 29, 2017, article in which Anthony Rapp revealed he was sexually abused by Spacey when the younger actor was just fourteen. That the revelation landed just as the #MeToo movement was getting underway inspired others to come forward with allegations against Spacey.

So, the actor was fired and the entire season had to be rewritten without its main character, former President Frank Underwood.

“My story, Claire’s story, was always going to be separate because he was moving into the private sector and she was going to be president,” Wright told Variety for this week’s cover story on the return of the show. “They were going to be living in separate territories, like two separate shows. So none of that changed, really.”


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