Faye Dunaway has been cast for struggling actor Kevin Spacey’s “comeback” film The Man Who Drew God.
Dunaway, 80, will play a braille teacher, a role originally intended for actress Vanessa Redgrave before her reps confirmed she was not appearing in the film in May., according to Variety.
The film marks the first role Spacey, 61, played after a series of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse brought her career to a halt in 2017.
New role: Faye Dunaway was cast in struggling actor Kevin Spacey’s comeback movie The Man Who Drew God
The Man Who Drew God sees Franco Nero playing a blind artist, able to use people’s voices to draw their exact physical features. But as his fame and popularity grew, he was wrongly accused of sexual abuse.
The film, known in Italian as L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio ‘, will see Spacey play the role of a detective who investigates the wrongly accused pedophile.
Speaking about Dunaway’s role with Variety, producer Louis Nero told the site, “She plays an old braille teacher who is an old friend of the blind protagonist played by Nero and taught him to read.”
Nero said the role was initially “intended” for Vanessa, whose husband Franco plays and directs the film.
Controversy: The film marks Kevin Spacey’s first role after a series of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse were brought against him in 2017, ending his career (pictured 2015)
“This is the role Vanessa Redgrave was supposed to have. Vanessa is no longer ready to travel.
Louis told The Man Who site Drew God should be ready by September, after finishing filming last week.
He also said that they had garnered a lot of “interest from buyers around the world” keen to buy the film, even amid the controversy surrounding its struggling star.
“All the controversy surrounding the film generated a lot of interest… It was good for the film, from my point of view. ‘
Formerly attached: Vanessa Redgrave, pictured in 2007, was initially attached to the film, directed and performed by her husband Franco Nero
The last time fans saw Dunaway on the big screen was the 2017 thriller Inconceivable. She also worked with Kevin, starring her first film in 1996, Albino Alligator.
The new film comes after Spacey’s career collapsed following a spate of sexual misconduct complaints filed by underage men.
Spacey had been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but faced scandal after claiming to sexually assault Star Trek actor Antony Rapp, who was 14 at the time.
Colleagues: She has also worked with Kevin, starring in his 1996 directorial debut Albino Alligator (pictured 2016)
This sparked accusations by other men about his behavior, but none ever reached court and was denied.
Rapp’s public comments about him prompted Spacey to call himself gay in 2017.
He said he did not recall such a meeting with Rapp but apologized if the allegations were true.
Last year, he compared his fall from grace to the coronavirus pandemic and complained about losing his job over the charges.
Show support: Spacey attended Faye’s Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996
Spacey described his “painful” trip three years after being accused of assault by a series of men and said he could relate to workers who had been made redundant during the spread of Covid-19.
Commenting on an interview for the Bits & Pretzels podcast, said: “I don’t think it will surprise anyone to say that my world changed completely in the fall of 2017.
“My job, a lot of my connections, my position in my own industry all disappeared within hours.”
Hollywood icon: The last time fans saw Dunaway on the big screen, it was the 2017 thriller Inconceivable
Not only was he fired from the Netflix hit House Of Cards, he was also pulled from the completed film All The Money In The World, which was remade with actor Christopher Plummer in his role.
Spacey, who hasn’t appeared in a professional movie or series since the charges were laid, said: “I don’t often like telling people I can understand their situation because I think it undermines it. experience that they can live which is their own unique and very personal experience.
Spacey added, “But in this case, I feel like I can understand what it feels like to see your world suddenly come to a halt.
“And so, while we might have found ourselves in similar situations, albeit for very different reasons and circumstances, I still think some of the emotional struggles are pretty much the same.
“And so I empathize with what it feels like to be told suddenly that you can’t go back to work or that you might lose your job and that’s a situation you have absolutely no idea about. control.”
Fall: Spacey had been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars but faced scandal after claiming to sexually assault Star Trek actor Antony Rapp, who was 14 at the time (pictured in Italy in 2021)