Faye Dunaway has been cast in embattled actor Kevin Spacey‘s ‘comeback’ movie The Man Who Drew God.
Dunaway, 80, will be playing a Braille teacher, a role that was initially meant for actress Vanessa Redgrave before her representatives confirmed she was not appearing in the film back in May, according to Variety.
The movie marks the first role Spacey, 61, has been cast in after a series of sexual harassment and abuse allegations collapsed his career in 2017.
New role: Faye Dunaway has been cast in embattled actor Kevin Spacey’s ‘comeback’ movie The Man Who Drew God
The Man Who Drew God sees Franco Nero 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.
The film, known in Italian as L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio’, will reportedly see Spacey play a detective who investigates the wrongly-accused paedophile.
Speaking of 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 how to read.’
Nero said the role was initially ‘meant’ for Vanessa, whose husband Franco is starring in and directing the film.
Controversy: The film marks Kevin Spacey’s first role after a series of sexual harassment and abuse allegations were made against him in 2017, collapsing his career (pictured 2015)
‘It’s the role that Vanessa Redgrave was meant to have. Vanessa isn’t up to traveling anymore.’
Louis told the site The Man Who Drew God should be ready by September, after completing filming last week.
He also said they had generated a lot of ‘interest from buyers around the world’ keen on purchasing the film, even amid the controversy surrounding it’s embattled star.
‘All the controversy around the film has generated plenty of interest…It was good for the film, from my point of view. ‘
Formerly attached: Vanessa Redgrave, pictured 2007, was initially attached to the movie, directed and starring her husband Franco Nero
The last time fans saw Dunaway on the big screen was the 2017 thriller Inconceivable. She has also worked with Kevin, starring in his 1996 directorial debut Albino Alligator.
The new film comes after Spacey’s career collapsed following a string of sexual misconduct claims were made by underage men.
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.
Co-workers: She has also worked with Kevin, starring in his 1996 directorial debut, Albino Alligator (pictured 2016)
It sparked accusations by other men about his behaviour but none have ever reached court and have been denied.
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.
Showing his support: Spacey attended Faye’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony in 1996
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.
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.’
Hollywood icon: The last time fans saw Dunaway on the big screen was the 2017 thriller Inconceivable
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.’
Downfall: 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 in Italy in 2021)