Vanessa Redgrave won’t appear in what is being pegged as Kevin Spacey’s ‘comeback’ film, The Man Who Drew God.
The actress, 84, was attached to the project, which is being directed by her husband Franco Nero, 79.
It was believed she would appear in a small role opposite Spacey, 61, who is taking on the role after a series of sexual harassment and abuse allegations were made against him, removing him from the acting world for three years.
Politely declining: Vanessa Redgrave won’t appear in what is being pegged as Kevin Spacey’s ‘comeback’ film, The Man Who Drew God
However, a statement released by her representatives on Wednesday said: ‘Vanessa Redgrave’s name is being included in recent stories relating to the casting of the upcoming film The Man Who Drew God.
‘While there have been discussions about the possibility of her joining the cast, she will not appear in the film.’
It was added that she would not be commenting further on the matter.
The film, known in Italian as L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio’, will reportedly see Spacey play a detective who investigates a wrongly-accused paedophile.
It comes after Spacey’s career collapsed following a string of sexual misconduct claims were made by underage men.
Couple: The actress, 84, was attached to the project, which is being directed by her husband Franco Nero, 79 [pictured 2019]
Producer Louis Nero recently told Variety that Redgrave was set to appear as a piano teacher, as long as Covid travel restrictions permitted her to get from the UK to Italy to film.
This factor was not addressed in her rep’s statement.
Redgrave is a six-time Oscar-nominated actress, scooping the coveted gong in 1977 for the film Julia.
Her next projects include The Lost Girls and Alice, Through the Looking.
Former friends? Spacey and Redgrave are pictured together in New York in 2001
The Man Who Drew God sees Nero himself play a blind artist, who is able to use people’s voices to draw their exact physical features. But as his fame and popularity grows, he wrongly becomes accused of sex abuse.
Spacey could begin filming for the production shortly, according to the Telegraph, in what would be his first major performance since the abuse scandal erupted.
Spacey had been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars but faced scandal after claims he sexually assaulted Star Trek actor Antony Rapp, who was 14 at the time.
It sparked accusations by other men about his behaviour but none have ever reached court and have been denied.
Actors: The pair are seen at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, at the Royal Opera House in London in 2009
Rapp’s public comments about him prompted Spacey to come out as gay in 2017.
He said he did not remember such an encounter with Rapp but apologised if the allegations were true.
Last year he compared his fall from grace to the coronavirus pandemic, and complained about losing his job following the accusations.
Spacey described his ‘painful’ journey three years after he was accused of assault by a string of men and said he could relate to workers who had been laid off during the Covid-19 spread.
Happy: Redgrave married Nero in 2006, having known one another for years [pictured in 1970] and while he will direct the film his wife will not star in it
In comments for an interview for the Bits & Pretzels podcast, said: ‘I don’t think it will come as a surprise for anyone to say that my world completely changed in the fall of 2017.
‘My job, many of my relationships, my standing in my own industry were all gone in just a matter of hours.’
Not only did he get fired from Netflix hit House Of Cards, he was also removed from the completed movie All The Money In The World, which was reshot with actor Christopher Plummer in his role.
Spacey, who has not appeared in a professional movie or series since the accusations were made, said: ‘I don’t often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it undermines the experience that they may be having which is their own unique and very personal experience.’
Spacey added: ‘But in this instance I feel as though I can relate to what it feels like to have your world suddenly stop.
‘And so while we may have found ourselves in similar situations, albeit for very different reasons and circumstances, I still believe that some of the emotional struggles are very much the same.
‘And so I do have empathy for what it feels like to suddenly be told that you can’t go back to work or that you might lose your job and that it’s a situation that you have absolutely no control over.’
Accused: Spacey had been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars but faced scandal after claims he sexually assaulted Star Trek actor Antony Rapp, who was 14 at the time [pictured on trial in 2019]