Weeks after Kevin Spacey faced further sexual assault charges in the UK and won a $40 million sexual battery lawsuit in the US, he has been booked for a role in an upcoming British indie thriller. Difference He learned alone.
Titled “Control,” the feature from Cupsogue Pictures sees the actor playing a voice role similar to that of Kiefer Sutherland in the 2002 film “Phone Booth.”
Written and directed by Gene Fallaise (“Superman Requiem”), “Control” tells the story of British government minister Stella Simmons, who begins a rocky relationship with the prime minister. One night, Simmons drives home in her self-driving car, only to find the vehicle remotely hijacked by someone who knows her secret and wants revenge. Soon the car was on the streets of London with Simmons trapped inside.
Simmons is played by Lauren Metcalfe (“Full Body”) and the Prime Minister is played by Mark Hampton. Spacey plays a disembodied antagonist who controls Simon’s car. Shooting will begin early next year at Camberwell Studios and in London, with Spacey wrapping up this week.
Last month, Spacey won a $40 million civil lawsuit in New York; Jurors found former partner Anthony Rapp not guilty of assault and battery. The disgraced actor faces further legal challenges, including in the UK, where he is set to go on trial next summer after being charged with five counts of sexual assault. He has pleaded not guilty to each charge. Earlier this month, the UK Crown Prosecution Service said it was charging the actor with seven counts of sexual misconduct related to a complainant. Spacey has yet to appear in court to enter a plea.
Despite the ongoing legal battles, writer-director Falaise said he wrote the “Control” script with Spacey in mind. Falaise said he “grew up” watching Spacey as a movie fan and said the controversy surrounding Spacey was “considerable, I wouldn’t say serious.”
“He’s one of the greatest actors of our generation,” says Falaise. Difference. “His personal life aside – that’s something I can’t comment on and have no knowledge of – it’s the opportunity to work with an actor.”
Spacey has been ordered to pay $31 million in damages to “House of Cards” producer MRC after his Netflix series was canceled following copyright allegations against him.
“Control” is produced by Adam Southwick (“Cane Hill”) and Emily Hasseldine (“Under”) for Cupsogue Pictures with CineNorth Studios. Fallaize also produces an executive.