Paul Schrader may be willing to defend Spacey's return to acting, but you know who isn't? Apparently his prospective co-star. While originally attached to co-star in the upcoming film The Man Who Drew God, which would feature Spacey in his first film since 2018's Billionaire Boys Club, Vanessa Redgrave's representatives released a statement today denying her involvement:
“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.”
The film is actually being directed by Redgrave's husband of 15 years, Franco Nero who is also starring in the film as the lead character. Spacey has only been confirmed to have a small role as a police detective according to the film's producer, Louis Nero. In fairness, Franco Nero had confirmed to Variety awhile back that Redgrave would appear in the film if she could travel from England to Italy, but would have only play a small cameo as the piano teacher of Franco Nero’s character. In any case, she will not appear at all now. Whether this is Redgrave taking a stance against Spacey's return to film or simply, as her husband indicates, due to scheduling conflicts, it's clear that Spacey's involvement will make most think it's the former. Stay tuned!