Kevin Spacey Cast in Italian Film After Being Sidelined in the U.S.

Kevin Spacey has been solid in a movie in what’s believed to be the first time since accusations of sexual assault in opposition to the actor began surfacing greater than three years in the past, prompting a number of court docket instances and unraveling his onscreen profession.

The movie, “L’uomo Che Disegno Dio” (or “The Man Who Drew God”), is an Italian function. Vanessa Redgrave has a job, and will probably be directed by her husband, Franco Nero, who rose to fame through the 1966 spaghetti western “Django,” stated Louis Nero, certainly one of the producers. Mr. Spacey, who performs a detective, just isn’t a lead in the movie, he stated.

TV and movie producers began dropping Mr. Spacey from initiatives after the actor Anthony Rapp accused Mr. Spacey in 2017 of creating undesirable sexual advances towards him in the 1980s, when he was 14 years outdated. More accusations adopted, and a number of other males have sued Mr. Spacey over their accounts of sexual assault and different misconduct.

Mr. Spacey, 61, was swiftly excluded from the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards”; changed by Christopher Plummer in the Sony movie “All the Money in the World”; and performed Gore Vidal in a biopic that by no means noticed the mild of day. Less than a 12 months after the accusations, he appeared in a supporting position for a completed film referred to as “Billionaire Boys Club,” however has not appeared in a tv present or movie since.

Louis Nero stated the film is a couple of blind artist, performed by Franco Nero, who attracts portraits of topics by listening to their voices. Ms. Redgrave is slated to play a lady who teaches the artist to learn Braille, the producer stated. The filmmakers hope to finish the venture in September; Mr. Spacey has not but filmed his position.

Asked about the sexual assault allegations, Louis Nero stated, “I only know that he is a good actor — that’s it.”

A consultant for Franco Nero didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon Monday.

For years, Mr. Spacey has been embroiled in court docket proceedings over sexual assault and misconduct allegations in opposition to him. Mr. Rapp sued Mr. Spacey final 12 months, together with an nameless man who stated in the lawsuit that Mr. Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14 years outdated after assembly him in an appearing class in the 1980s. A choose dominated that the man must determine himself publicly if he needed to proceed to trial; his legal professionals stated the “unwanted attention” related to revealing his id could be “too much for him to bear” however steered that they deliberate to enchantment the ruling.

In 2018, Mr. Spacey was charged with the sexual assault of an 18-year-old man in Nantucket, Mass. Prosecutors dropped the case when the accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to proceed testifying.

A therapeutic massage therapist sued Mr. Spacey in California in 2019, accusing him of groping and attempting to kiss him earlier than providing him oral intercourse throughout a therapeutic massage. The accuser died unexpectedly forward of the trial and the case was dismissed when his property dropped the lawsuit.

Mr. Spacey, whose lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, has denied the allegations made by the 4 males.

It just isn’t unusual for actors and filmmakers accused of sexual assault to seek out work in Europe after alternatives dry up in the United States. Roman Polanski, the director who fled the United States for Europe in 1978 whereas awaiting sentencing for illegal sexual activity with a minor, received huge at France’s equal of the Academy Awards final 12 months. Woody Allen, who was accused of sexual assault by his daughter Dylan Farrow, has additionally reoriented himself to Europe since the #MeToo motion revived criticism of these working with him.