Vanessa Redgrave will not appear in Kevin Spacey comeback film
Vanessa Redgrave has announced that she will not appear opposite Kevin Spacey in his comeback film.
The Man Who Drew God, the filming of which is about to begin in Italy, is expected to mark Spacey's return to the screen after his career was derailed in 2017 by accusations of sexual harassment and abuse towards more than a dozen men.
The film will be directed by Redgrave's husband, Franco Nero, and Spacey's involvement was first reported by The Telegraph. A backlash ensued, and Redgrave's representative said she was no longer involved.
"Vanessa Redgrave's name is being included in recent stories relating to the casting of the upcoming film The Man Who Drew God," her spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter.
"While there have been discussions about the possibility of her joining the cast, she will not appear in the film."
Spacey is slated to play a detective investigating claims of paedophilia levelled against an artist.
Preparations were interrupted by the Covid pandemic, but Nero told an Italian newspaper: "Among the actors, I made contact with Kevin Spacey. I'd have been very happy to bring him back onto a film set.
We're waiting for the end of the pandemic to pick up from where our preparatory work was interrupted."
Spacey still faces proceedings in the US courts over the allegations of abuse. The Crown Prosecution Service is deciding whether to charge him in connection with a number of allegations of sexual assault dating back to his time as artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015.