Kevin Spacey is in “advanced talks” to make his return to acting in an Italian film directed by Franco Nero, Variety has confirmed.
Louis Nero, the producer of Franco Nero’s upcoming low-budget indie “L’uomo Che Disegno Dio,” tells Variety that filmmakers are in final talks with Spacey for him to make a cameo in the film. According to Louis Nero, Spacey would feature in a small role as a police detective. Franco Nero is set to star as the main character.
If the casting is finalized, this will mark the disgraced actor’s first film role following multiple sexual assault and misconduct allegations that were brought forth against him beginning in late 2017.
ABC News reported Spacey’s casting on May 22, also writing that the film will star Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero’s wife. Louis Nero confirmed to Variety that Redgrave will appear in the film if she can travel to Italy, but would only make a small cameo as the piano teacher of Franco Nero’s character.
“I’m very happy Kevin agreed to participate in my film,” Franco Nero said to ABC News. “I consider him a great actor and I can’t wait to start the movie.” Spacey declined ABC News’ request for comment regarding the casting. Spacey and Franco Nero did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
According to the Filmitalia website, the low-budget indie film follows “the rise and fall of a blind artist who has the extraordinary gift of making true-to-life portraits just by listening to human voices.”
Spacey was removed from his starring role in Netflix’s “House of Cards” in November 2017 as sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him mounted. At least 20 young men involved at the Old Vic, the London Theater at which Spacey was the artistic director, reported allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey in 2017. In 2018, Spacey was charged with indecent assault in Nantucket Island, Mass. in an incident involving a teenage boy. Spacey pled not guilty, and the charge was later dropped when the alleged victim withdrew their civil lawsuit.
Officials in Los Angeles also reviewed two sexual assault claims against Spacey, but ultimately determined that one case did not fall under their statute of limitations, and the other was dismissed when the alleged victim died. Last year, a man in New York filed a lawsuit against Spacey anonymously, alleging that Spacey sexually abused him in the 1980s when he was 14. But, on May 3, a federal judge ruled that the man cannot proceed with the lawsuit anonymously.
Spacey last starred in “Billionaire Boys Club” in 2018, which made a dismal $2.7 million at the box office.