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Watch: New Trailer for Fincher-Spacey Collaboration 'House of Cards,' Netflix Shows Strong Hand

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2013 at 2:58PM

Netflix is baring its original-content teeth with this new trailer for "House of Cards," (its taut first trailer is also below). The series is directed (in part) and executive produced by David Fincher, and stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless congressman out for blood in the Washington D.C. shark tank.
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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards"
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards"

Netflix is baring its original-content teeth with this new trailer for "House of Cards"; it's taut first trailer is also below. The series is directed (in part) and executive produced by David Fincher, and stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless congressman out for blood in the Washington D.C. shark tank. Robin Wright, Kate Mara and Corey Stoll also star.

Fincher directed the first two episodes of the 13-episode series, and it shows -- from the golden-grey color palette to the immaculate green screens to the choice of actors (Spacey and Wright have worked with Fincher before, on "Seven" and "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" respectively; Mara is connected via sister Rooney, a.k.a. Lisbeth Salander).

The show is written by Beau Willimon ("The Ides of March,") and based on the hit BBC series of the same title. With Fincher on board, it's been a high-priced (and much bally-hooed) gamble from the get-go, to the tune of a $100 million production budget. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has put his faith in it, already ordering a second season. At the premiere of "Inventing David Geffen," Sarandos was crowing about how well it turned out. "But will it make money?" He looked at me as if to say, "What does that matter?" Clearly, that's not the issue for Netflix. They're planting their flag in the content business.

Season one premieres February 1, 2013.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.