Kevin Spacey is hosting this year's Tony Awards

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Kevin Spacey will be following in the footsteps of James Corden as the host of this year's Tony Awards.

The House of Cards actor – who previously won a Tony for his portrayal of Louie in Neil Simon's Pulitzer-winning play Lost In Yonkers in 1991 – will host the ceremony on June 11 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

However, according to Spacey, he wasn't exactly the first choice for the role.

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"I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year's Tony Awards," Spacey quipped in a statement.

"I think my career is definitely going in the right direction. Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down."

Last year's event was fronted by The Late Late Show presenter Corden, while the 2015 ceremony was hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.

Spacey currently stars as President Frank Underwood in Netflix's critically-acclaimed political drama House of Cards, which recently got an unexpected shout-out by the Trump administration (kind of).

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He can next be seen in Edgar Wright's upcoming Baby Driver, which also stars Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Lily James and Jon Hamm.

The film follows talented getaway driver Baby (Elgort) who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. However, after meeting the woman of his dreams (James), he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break.

Spacey plays the shady crime boss who may not be so keen to let him do that.

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