Kevin Spacey is set to return to the big screen, nearly four years after he was accused of sexual harassment and abuse.
The House of Cards star will reportedly play a detective who investigates a wrongly accused paedophile in L’uomo che disegnò Dio (The Man who drew God).
The film was also to star Vanessa Redgrave, and be directed by her husband, Italian filmmaker, Franco Nero.
However, a representative later ruled out Redgrave’s appearance.
The movie sees Mr 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 increases, he wrongly becomes accused of sex abuse.
According to the Telegraph, the 61-year-old could begin filming for the production shortly.
It would be the actor’s first major performance since the Billionaire Boys Club in 2018.
In 2017, Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp claimed he was sexually assaulted by Mr Spacey when he was 14-years-old.
The disgraced actor said he did not remember the encounter with Mr Rapp but apologised if the allegations were true.
Mr Rapp’s comments sparked accusations by other men about Mr Spacey’s behaviour as he faced multiple accusations and lawsuits over alleged sexual misconduct in recent years.
Appearing on the Bits & Pretzels podcast last year, the two-time Oscar winner said his life “completely changed in the fall of 2017.”
“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.”
He said that after he was accused of assault and struggled to get work, he could relate to workers who had been laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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.
“But in this instance I feel as though I can relate to what it feels like to have your world suddenly stop.”
He added: “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.”