Disgraced former House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey is to return to the big screen in his biggest role since 2017. Five years ago, as the #MeToo movement was beginning to gain momentum, a number of people made accusations of sexual assault against Spacey. Notably, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp said that Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Due to the accusations, Spacey was fired from House of Cards, and his scenes in All The Money In The World were re-shot with Christopher Plummer. In the years since, Spacey has been practically blacklisted, although he has recently begun to appear in indie films like Franco Nero’s The Man Who Drew God.
Now, the actor is set to appear in his largest film since the accusations, 1242 – Gateway To The West. According to Deadline, the picture is a British/Hungarian/Monoglian co-production that will tell the story of Batu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, who invades Europe in 1242, but is stopped by a spiritual man and a castle. Spacey will star alongside Eric Roberts, Highlander’s Christopher Lambert and Terence Stamp.
Whilst a few of the cases against the actor have been dropped, Spacey’s attempts to have a judge throw Rapp’s case out of court have been unsuccessful. There are also 20 anonymous accusations that were revealed to have been filed against him by staff at the Old Vic theatre in London during his time as creative director there, including three who contacted the police. As a result, it remains to be seen how successful Spacey’s attempt at a comeback will actually be. Principal photography on 1242 – Gateway To The West will begin in October in Mongolia and Hungary.
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