House of Cards has resumed production as announced by Netflix. The company also revealed that the show will have two new cast members.
The New Cast Members
The Underwood White House is expected to welcome actors Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to the show. While it is unclear how Lane and Kinnear will function as either allies or adversaries of U.S. President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) or any of her staff, House of Cards has announced that the new actors will portray siblings.
Other returning cast members include Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, and Boris McGiver.
Focusing On Madame President
As House of Cards's production house Media Rights Company continues production after an untimely three-month hiatus, it is expected that the writers will produce a storyline that will focus on President Underwood. Longtime fans of Netflix's original series would be pleased to see how Underwood transformed from a lobbyist to the Second Lady in season 1 to ultimately the President of the United States in season 5.
Over the first few seasons, Underwood enabled her husband, Frank (Kevin Spacey), to pursue his power quest. However, Underwood began looking for power herself, and eventually, her path landed to the White House where she replaced her husband as the nation's first female Commander-in-Chief.
A Spacey-Free House
News of Lane and Kinnear's hirings also means that this will be the only season of House of Cards without Spacey portraying the devilish Frank Underwood. Netflix terminated the Emmy-nominated actor after sexual misconduct allegations against the veteran actor emerged. Spacey's firing also led to the show's hiatus.
"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show," said a Netflix spokesperson.
Media Rights Company also suspended Spacey during the hiatus and also paid the House of Cards crew while they were still negotiating with the streaming service during the 2017 holiday season.
Other House Details
House of Cards has also revealed that Michael Dobbs, who wrote the original book the series is based on, will be one of the season's executive producers. He will join Wright, David Fincher, Melissa James Gibson, and Joshua Donen as they guide the show to its series finale.
While the show has kept Frank Underwood's fate under wraps, Netflix has not revealed when the sixth and last season will air on the streaming service.