"Diabolical" Spacey plots revenge in Netflix show "House of Cards"

Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:07pm EST
 
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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the new political drama series "House of Cards," Kevin Spacey plays a win-at-all-costs American politician scheming to disrupt the young administration of a president he helped elect.

The setting serves as the backdrop for a series that distributor Netflix Inc hopes will leave its mark by shaking up the television landscape.

All 13 episodes of the show's first season will be viewable starting Friday only through the Netflix subscription video-streaming service and not on any of the traditional broadcast or pay TV channels.

The project boasts A-list movie talent including two-time Oscar winner Spacey with David Fincher, the acclaimed "Fight Club" and "Social Network" director as executive producer.

In "House of Cards," Spacey plays Representative Francis Underwood, an ambitious, high-ranking U.S. Democrat.

Spacey provides the first window into his character's commanding personality in the opening scene when he looks directly into the camera to explain he has "no patience for useless things."

"He's diabolical," Spacey told Reuters, quickly adding that "he's a very effective politician" who knows how to work Washington and operates under the premise of "bad for the greater good."

As the story begins, the South Carolina lawmaker expects to be named secretary of state by the newly elected president. When he learns the White House prefers that he stay in Congress, Underwood sets out on a ruthless mission to accomplish his goals. Robin Wright plays his wife, the equally ambitious head of a nonprofit group - a character loosely based on Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth.   Continued...

 
Actors Kevin Spacey (L) and Robin Wright are shown in a scene from Netflix's "House of Cards" in this publicity photo released by Netflix to Reuters January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix/Handout