hasn't appeared on screen since his acting career came to a halt in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct
for the first time.
More than a dozen men and teen boys in the United States and England
have come forward to accuse the Oscar winner of sexual assault
and abuse, including attempted rape
, transforming the once-celebrated film and theater star into a Hollywood
Spacey has been cast in the upcoming Italian film "L'uomo Che Disegno Dio," or "The Man Who Drew God," directed by Franco Nero, who will also reportedly star in the project.
“I’m very happy Kevin agreed to participate in my film,” Nero, best known for his titular performance in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 film “Django,” told ABC News
. “I consider him a great actor and I can’t wait to start the film.”
The film, which also stars Nero's wife, Vanessa Redgrave
, will be Spacey's first major role since he was rewritten out of the final season of Netflix
of Cards" and replaced by Christopher Plummer in "All The Money
In The World" following the allegations against him.
Spacey's most recent film appearance was in the 2018 commercial flop "Billionaire Boys Club," which grossed only $126 on opening day.
According to TMZ, the actor has yet to comment on the new project, which reportedly revolves around a blind artist who becomes famous after being endowed with a godlike talent for drawing portraits of his subjects simply by listening to their voices.
According to Variety, Spacey will play a "small role as a police
detective" in the film, describing his appearance as a cameo.
BuzzFeed first reported Anthony Rapp
's accusation that Spacey made inappropriate sexual advances when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. At the time, Spacey said he didn't remember the incident but apologized and publicly declared that he was gay for the first time in a much-criticized statement.
Many accounts were linked to Spacey's tenure
as artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London
from 1995 to 2013.
Spacey has faced numerous lawsuits across the country since then, but he has yet to be found guilty on any criminal charges.
After multiple setbacks in court, a 2018 case against Spacey over his alleged groping of a teenage boy in Massachusetts was dropped; the actor pled not guilty, and the alleged victim eventually withdrew his civil lawsuit. A separate lawsuit involving a massage therapist who claimed Spacey sexually assaulted him during a session in October 2016 ended when the accuser died in 2019.
Earlier this month, a judge ruled that an anonymous plaintiff in the actor's still-unresolved $40 million sexual assault lawsuit, which also includes Rapp, must publicly reveal his identity in order to proceed.
The man, known only as "C.D.," had 10 days to refile under his own name, but his lawyers told the court that their client was "emotionally unable to proceed with the action and will discontinue his claims."
If you need assistance, call RAINN's National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or go to the website of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.