Kevin Spacey will no longer lead the Genghis Khan film bought at Cannes after his sexual assault case in the UK Diversity can reveal.
The actor was set to star in “1242: Gateway to the West”, a historical drama bought at the Cannes film market, about a holy man from a Hungarian palace who was one of Genghis Khan. Tries to stop the army from invading Europe. Spacey was set to play the holy man.
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But the film’s producer, Bill Chamberlain of Chelsea Pictures, says Diversity The photo has now replaced Spacey as its lead in the UK after the former “House of Cards” actor was charged with four counts of sexual assault and “involving a person in sexual activity that enters without consent” Is. Currently, talks are on with the new lead, which will be revealed when the time comes.
Spacey pleaded not guilty to all five counts in London on Thursday. He will stand trial in the UK on June 6, 2023, with the trial expected to last three to four weeks.
Directed by Peter Souss, the English-language “Gateway to the West” has a budget of approximately $10 million to $25 million, and is scheduled to begin two months of shooting on October 17. This project is supported by the National Film Institute of Hungary. , Foresight Media and Lipsync, and also stars Eric Roberts and Christopher Lambert.
Here is the official description of the film: “When the Hungarian army was wiped out by the Mongols at the Battle of Mohi, only the castle of Estergom stood in their way to invade Europe. Genghis Khan’s grandson Batu Arrives at the walls of Astergom with his invincible army. The keeper of the castle, led by Eusebius, the canon of Esztergom, and a Spanish mercenary captain, Simon, prepares for the final battle. The Arrival of the Papal Legacy, Cardinal Cesareni, Mongol Lunar The celebration of the New Year and the mystical outlook of Eusebius offer the defenders a little glimmer of hope.”
Australian sales agent Gallping Entertainment was selling the global rights to the project at Cannes, but CEO Carlos Alperin told Diversity When Spacey was accused in May of meeting with the film’s producers in the market to discuss the future of “Gateway.”
Spacey is also starring in the thriller “Peter Five Eight”, which is being sold by American sales organization VMI Worldwide. The company released the trailer of the film in May.
Shortly after Spacey was accused, the producers of “Peter Five Eight” stood by the actor.
The makers said in a statement, “There are people who wish she didn’t act, but she has a huge fan following across the world who are waiting for an artist she’s enjoyed on screen for decades. Is.” “The production has no information or comment on the various swirling allegations, and believes it is a matter for the courts to determine legitimacy if it exists. ‘Peter Five Eight’ is a film for fans who want more art than scandal.” care about.
The decision to charge Spacey was unveiled by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, which spent more than a year reviewing a file given to him by the Metropolitan Police.
At least some of the allegations are believed to stem from Spacey’s time at London’s Old Vic Theatre, where he served as artistic director from 2004–2015. Following allegations of sexual harassment against the actor in the US, the theater conducted an internal investigation that resulted in 20 victims who claimed that he had treated them inappropriately, according to the BBC.
Spacey isn’t the only troubled star to star in Cannes Market projects. Johnny Depp is starring in “Jean du Barry”, while James Franco is starring in “Mess”. Alec Baldwin also has a new project called “False Awakening”, while Roman Polanski has a new film called “The Palace”. The “Pianist” director has had trouble getting support for the film in France, as shown by Diversity,
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