Good day, Madame President…
House of Cards fan were given a surprise during last night’s Academy Awards broadcast when a trailer for the hit Netflix show’s final season was unleashed unannounced.
It gives viewers a first glimpse at the sixth series, which will not feature former lead character Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.
Instead, Claire Underwood – played by Robin Wright – will take command for the final instalment, which will be available to stream later this year.
“We’re just getting started,” she declares from the Oval Office, ushering in a new era.
Michael Kelly, Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Cody Fern, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver will also star in the sixth season.
It was reported that two episodes for the next season of House of Cards had been filmed with Spacey, but production was halted to allow writers to rework scripts to write his character out of the show.
The corrupt politician dies in the Michael Dobbs book that inspired the series, so it could easily work.
Kevin Spacey was fired from the show last year after allegations of sexual harassment and sexual abuse from numerous alleged victims were brought against him.
Anthony Rapp’s inital allegations inspired many alleged victims to come forward, including eight former and current crew members on House of Cards.
In one instance, a young man who worked on the series told CNN he was sexually assaulted.
The former production assistant alleges that when he was driving Spacey down to the set one day, the actor forced his hand down the young man’s trousers.
The alleged victim also claims that Spacey cornered him while he was in his trailer on a separate occasion, having helped him carry his luggage from his car.
Following these accusations, Netflix immediately dropped Spacey from the upcoming sixth season of House of Cards, and confirmed that they’ve pulled the plug on his upcoming movie, Gore.