By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2012 at 12:31PM
Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
Written by Beau Willimon, the D.C. wonk behind "The Ides of March," the series is based on a successful BBC drama of the same title. In the American rendition, Kevin Spacey plays a relentless Washington DC politician who is married to fellow power monger Robin Wright. The series also stars Kate Mara (Rooney's sister), Kristen Connolly, Michael Kelly and Sakina Jaffrey.
This high-priced production gamble represents Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos' continuing pursuit of top quality original programming. Sarandos and Netflix have already committed to a second season of the series, the backbone to a burgeoning roster of programs. Other original series to premiere on the online hub: a new season of "Arrested Development," a murder mystery from Eli Roth called "Hemlock Grove," and a comedy from the creator of "Weeds" called "Orange is the New Black."