Kevin Spacey will star in 1242 - Gateway To The West, his first major film since sexual assault allegations against him broke in 2017.
Kevin Spacey, the disgraced former House of Cards actor, is set to make his first big screen appearance since 2017. Several women accused Spacey of sexual assault five years ago, while the #MeToo movement was gaining traction. Anthony Rapp, who plays Spock in Star Trek: Discovery, said that Spacey made a sexual approach on him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey was sacked from House of Cards as a result of the allegations, and his parts in All The Money In The World were re-shot with Christopher Plummer. Spacey has been almost blacklisted in the years since, however he has recently began to feature in indie films such as Franco Nero's The Man Who Drew God.
Now, the actor is poised to star in 1242 - Gateway To The West, his biggest film since the allegations. According to Deadline, the film is a British/Hungarian/Monoglian co-production about Batu Khan, Genghis Khan's grandson, who invades Europe in 1242 but is thwarted by a spiritual man and a castle. Eric Roberts, Christopher Lambert, and Terence Stamp will join Spacey in the film.
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While some of the charges against the actor have been dropped, Spacey's attempts to get Rapp's case dismissed in court have failed. There were also 20 anonymous allegations made against him by personnel at the Old Vic theatre in London during his stint there as creative director, three of whom went to the police. As a result, it's unclear whether Spacey's effort at a comeback will be effective. In Mongolia and Hungary, principal photography on 1242 - Gateway To The West will begin in October.