Robin Wright, who has starred alongside Spacey since the beginning of the series, playing wife Claire to his Frank Underwood, seemed the frontrunner to be shifted to lead, particularly after having ended the last season as the reigning president.
He said: "We are excited to bring closure to fans". "So, I'm really happy that the people who are working on House of Cards are continuing to get to do that work".
The final series was supposed to be 13 episodes and production on the first two episodes had already been completed and a table read for episode three was on the schedule. In the original novel the series is based on, written by Michael Dobbs, Frank's character is confronted with all the wrong he's done and commits suicide, jumping to his death from the roof garden of the Houses of Parliament.
Kevin Spacey attends the "House Of Cards" Season 4 Premiere in Washington, DC on February 22, 2016. It debuted in 2013 to much critical acclaim and helped put the subscription service among the big terrestrial channels.
Rapp told BuzzFeed in an October story that Spacey made sexual advances on him back in 1986 when Rapp was just 14.