Kevin Spacey has given Matthew Warchus the seal of approval after the director was handed the job of replacing the Hollywood star at the helm of London's Old Vic theatre. The Oscar winner will step down from his post as artistic director in the autumn of 2015, and Warchus, the director behind hit stage show Matilda the Musical, will take over. Spacey, who worked with Warchus on a 2008 revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow at the London theatre, has now given his blessing to his replacement. He says in a statement, "Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director and he has rightly been applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio. I know he loves our theatre and I am delighted for our staff, our audiences and for our acting and production communities that he will be its next guardian." Warchus adds, "I am excited and honoured to be following Kevin's galvanising tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established The Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity."