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House of Cards: David Fincher directs for Netflix!

Is this for real? According to Deadline, Netflix’s first original series has David Fincher directing and Kevin Spacey starring. I'm shocked that Fincher  would consider directing a tv show - or that Netflix would have the budget for it. Perhaps he's just directing a 2 hour pilot but the announcement doesn't really make that clear. Either way, it's pretty exciting. And a gutsy move for Netflix to develop their own content!
 The series will be loosely based on the best selling political thriller, House Of Cards  by Michael Dobbs. The novel - and the British tv show it engendered - were set in the House of Commons; Fincher's version has been rewritten to fit the American political landscape. Kevin Spacey stars as  Rep. Frank Underwood, the Majority Whip of the US House of Representatives who, after getting is passed over for Secretary of State, hatches a plot to bring down the new President. Hmmmm. Kate Mara , who you may know from American Horror Story on FX will play Zoe Barnes, a reporter for a top Washington newspaper who makes a deal with Underwood for a story that could cost her her soul.
And in a true Hollywood case of it's not what you you know, it's who you know, Kate Mara is Rooney Mara's sister, who Fincher recently directed in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I'm not saying Kate Mara isn't talented - I've never seen the show, is she? - but it's easy to imagine that Rooney might have mentioned her to David. "Here. Take my sister please!" Robin Wright, who Fincher cast as Daniel Craig's lover and Millenium magazine publisher in Tattoo is also onboard as Spacey's wife.  WOW! This is definitely one to watch. Not sure as to air dates but will let you know.