Yes, you heard that correctly: Hollywood is finally doing something right. Men are being held accountable.
Late last month, rape allegations against Kevin Spacey surfaced, most notably from actor Anthony Rapp on Buzzfeed. While the news was certainly disheartening, it was refreshing to see Hollywood work so quickly to disavow Spacey.
Almost immediately, the production of the sixth and final season of House of Cards, the Netflix original in which Spacey starred, was put off “until further notice.” A possible spinoff of the show is in the works, but both Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the company who produces the show, have vowed to not include Spacey nor his character in such a show. There were reports from cast and crew criticizing Spacey for the way he “felt he could flirt brazenly with young male employees.” Netflix has promised to not air anything if it includes Spacey, and they recently dropped a planned Gore Vidal biopic starring him.
A network rep told PEOPLE, “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey… We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in postproduction, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”
And now, it seems that Spacey will be dropped from another movie, All the Money in the World. Director Ridley Scott plans to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date, but in an unprecedented move, will be reshooting the movie with Christopher Plummer as its star instead.
In an unprecedented move, Ridley Scott has re-cast Kevin Spacey in his J. Paul Getty thriller 'All the Money in the World' one month before the film's release https://t.co/xakrvxfjgb pic.twitter.com/vDknkYGsRs
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 9, 2017
Spacey shot a total of eight days, with many of the scenes featuring just him. While it will surely be a challenge to reshoot the film, especially with all the visual effects used, it is undeniably worth it to separate the project from Spacey. The hope is to be able to digitally compose Plummer into some existing shots, but because such a quick reshoot is seldom attempted, they are working in unknown territory.
It is refreshing that Scott along with many other producers and companies are no longer tolerating abuse in the workplace. Dear Hollywood: please keep holding people accountable for their actions, because there are still alleged abusers who are going unpunished (e.g. Woody Allen, Johnny Depp, Danny Masterson and many more).
ok if ridley scott can straight-up delete kevin spacey from a movie, Fantastic Beasts 2 has no excuse re: Depp. https://t.co/bghlFlpTgE
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 9, 2017