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Netflix wasn't fooling around when they decided to enter the often unforgiving realm of original programming. On top of reviving cult comedy favorite Arrested Development for a fourth season, the 'new network' turned to David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon to develop House of Cards, a political thriller set in the highest echelon of American politics.
Based on a novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs - himself a former high level politico in the UK's Conservative party - House of Cards was already adapted into an away winning BBC miniseries but, if the chilling trailer is any indication, it could be bested by Netflix' remake.
We'll have to wait until February to see about that, for now Bleeding Cool has uncovered some very slick and polished new character portraits for the show poised to be streaming giant's flagship drama. The main set not only showcases the five great actors cast in the primary parts but each picture also contains a signature characteristic embedded within a telling quote. My favorite is the shot of Robin Wright because the caption cleverly plays with the idea of her as Lady Macbeth (and Martha Washington for Dazed and Confused fans). Take a look...
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood.
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood.
Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes.
Corey Stoll as Peter Russo.
Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper.
There's also this really great banner that showcases the entire large ensemble. Click on the image to enlarge...
All 13 episodes of the first season of House of Cards premiere on February 1, 2013 on Netflix. The series stars Spacey, Wright, Mara, Stoll and Kelly as well as Mahershala Ali, Sandrine Holt, Sebastian Arcelus, Constance Zimmer, Sakina Jaffrey, Jayne Atkinson and Kristen Connolly.