The Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, "House of Cards," starring Academy Award®winner Kevin Spacey ("Horrible Bosses," "American Beauty"), Golden Globe®nominee Robin Wright ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Forrest Gump") and Kate Mara ("American Horror Story") will be available for members to watch instantly beginning February 1, 2013. All 13-episodes of the drama series' first season will be available to Netflix members in territories where Netflix is available - North America, the UK, Ireland, Latin America and Scandinavia.
From director David Fincher ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Social Network"), award-winning playwright and Academy Award®nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ("Farragut North," "The Ides of March") and Academy Award®winner Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "Munich"), "House of Cards" is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name. This wicked political drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C. An uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, the series orbits Francis Underwood (Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician's politician - masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Wright) stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. In addition to Spacey, Wright and Mara, the series also stars Corey Stoll ("Midnight in Paris"), Kristen Connolly ("The Cabin in the Woods"), Michael Kelly ("The Adjustment Bureau") and Sakina Jaffrey ("Definitely Maybe").
This is Netflix's first real attempt at a major original series (nobody cares about Lillyhammer). When Fincher and Spacey went out selling this series to cable outlets, Netflix outbid everybody by committing $100 million to financing two full, 13-episode seasons based only on a pilot script. The reviews I've been reading so far have been pretty positive (Hollywood Reporter; Baltimore Sun), so I'm starting to get excited about this. The whole first season will be available this coming Friday, and if it turns out to be good I'll probably watch them all that weekend.
Edited by alynch, Jan 27, 2013 @ 1:55 AM.