Claire Underwood takes centre stage in new House of Cards Season 5 teaser
Staff Reporter | On 17, May 2017
Claire Underwood takes centre stage in the latest House of Cards Season 5 teaser.
The First Lady, who has been every bit a co-lead in Netflix’s political thriller since Season 1, has been the big driver of the show’s direction in recent years. Will she leave Frank? Will she support him? Will she turn to the camera and start doing her own asides?
The tiny, yet seismic, shift in their dynamic in the finale of Season 4 promises all kinds of surprises in the fifth season of House of Cards – and, with the larger-than-life Donald Trump threatening to overshadow any fictional POTUS, the new trailer for the season is determined to make the most of May’s fortuitous release date, which is just a week before the UK’s snap General Election.
“Tell us what you see if anything in your environment strikes you as a bit odd or a bit off pick up the phone because there’s a lot of noise out there these days,” she implores viewers. Is it a hint at surveillance to come? A playful video to unsettle fans? An actual clip from the new season? Either way, roll on 30th May.
First full House of Cards Season 5 trailer
1st May 2017
2016. 2020. 2024. 2028. 2032. The way that Frank Underwood reels off the years so casually in the new House of Cards trailer carries all kinds of ominous vibes for Season 5.
The show’s delayed return this month will answer kinds of unanswered questions about Netflix’s political thriller: who will win (spot the map halfway through the trailer) in the face-off between Kevin Spacey’s Frank and Joel Kinnaman’s rival presidential candidate, Will Conway? Will Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood really stick by her husband? And, with Beau Willimon stepping down from showrunner duties, are we about to see a changed show, especially in the light of real life US politics?
The good news is there’s not long to wait to find out. House of Cards Season 5 premieres on Friday 30th May. Here’s the new video:
New images: House of Cards Season 5
21st April 2017
In anticipation of House of Cards’ return next month, Netflix has released some new images of the show.
Netflix’s political thriller stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), as the husband-and-wife political powerhouse continue the threatened road to re-election. They are joined by returning stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman as Frank’s Republican rival candidate.
Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for Season 5, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, Daniel Minahan, Kevin Spacey, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Robin Wright, Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies.
All episodes of Season 5 premiere on Tuesday 30th May. Here are the new photos:
New House of Cards Season 5 trailer teases path to the Presidency
21st February 2017
With March almost upon us, House of Cards fans will be starting to get withdrawal symptoms, as Season 5 pushes back its usual release day until May. Thank goodness, then, for this new teaser trailer for the next chapter in Frank Underwood’s story. It may not tell us anything new about the upcoming season, but it does remind us just how treacherous and planned his path to the Oval Office has been – and that’s to keep the Kevin Spacey cravings at bay for at least another week.
Sometimes I think the presidency is the illusion of choice. pic.twitter.com/eXbxSc1d1C
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 20, 2017
Season 5 of House of Cards will premiere on Friday 30th May. Read on for everything we know about the new run, including the two big new additions to the cast.
First look images: Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott in House of Cards Season 5
10th February 2017
House of Cards Season 5 returns this May, and Netflix has now revealed two new additions to the cast.
The political drama announced its return in typically knowing and classy fashion, releasing a dark teaser video on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President. The show will premiere on 30th May, a few months later than its usual debut date, although the programme has a likely understandable reason for the delay: after Season 4, previous showrunner Beau Willimon stepped down from the series, with senior writers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese stepping up to the post in his stead.
There have been several other exits from the programme, with Mahershala Ali not set to return, but Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper) and Neve Campbell’s (LeAnn Harvey) are both expected to appear, alongside Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and Robin Wright’s Claire.
Now, though, Netflix has given us a first look at Season 5, includign two new faces: Patricia Clarkson, who will be recognisable to fans of Six Feet Under, and Campbell Scott, more recently seen in The Amazing Spider-Man as Peter Parker’s dad.
They will, as the pictures confirm, also be joined by the returning Joel Kinnaman as rival politician Will Conway – whose contest with Frank led to Season 4’s quietly game-changing, dramatic finale.
House of Cards Season 5 set for May premiere
20th January 2017
House of Cards Season 5 will premiere this May, Netflix has announced.
On the very day that Donald Trump is sworn in as the new President of the United States, the streaming giant took to Twitter to unveil its own ominous transferral of power, with a sinister take on the Pledge of Allegiance that ends with a simple message: We make the terror.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
That, of course, is a direct quote from the end of Season 4, which left Claire and Frank Underwood on more even footing than ever before.
Earlier this week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that the enjoyably despicable couple would return in the second quarter of 2016, pushed back from its usual March release date. Now, we have an official premiere date for Season 5: 30th May 2017.
The show will return with another shift in power that took place behind-the-scenes: last year, Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese took over showrunning duties from The Ides of March writer Beau Willimon, who stepped down from the post following its renewal for a fifth run.
James Martinez elects to join House of Cards Season 5
21st November 2016
James Martinez has elected to join House of Cards Season 5.
Netflix’s political drama was its first prestige original TV production and swiftly became one of its flagship titles, thanks, in part, to the iconic performance from Kevin Spacey as the loathsome POTUS, Frank Underwood. Season 4 proved that his political manipulations weren’t over yet, as he overcame an attacker and his briefly alienated wife to cling desperately to power.
Netflix ordered Season 5 immediately, even though it meant parting ways with showrunner Beau Willimon. While the Ides of March writer will be sorely missed, production proceeds nonetheless, with James Martinez the first new casting for the new season. The actor, who appeared in Aquarius and the Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night, will reportedly play Alex Romero, who Deadline describes as “a cunning and progressive congressman from Arizona”. He will be a recurring role in the season.
House of Cards senior writers appointed showrunners for Season 5
1st March 2016
House of Cards has officially chosen its showrunners for Season 5.
Netflix’s political thriller, which first began way back in 2013, was created by Beau Willimon, but the Ides of March author will step down from the writers’ helm after the upcoming fourth season. The announcement of a fifth season came as some surprise in January, but not as big a surprise as Willimon’s departure.
“Netflix and MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons. As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure,” Netflix said in a statement at the time.
Now, the streaming giant has picked Willimon’s successors – and, naturally, Netflix has picked talent from within its own ranks. Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, both senior writers who have been with House of Cards since Season 3, have been promoted to showrunners for the next run.
“I welcome Frank and Melissa in their new roles on House of Cards and look forward to collaborating with them and our creative team on Season Five,” said executive producer Kevin Spacey in a statement.
“We and the rest of the House of Cards writers look forward to the next chapter of the reign of Underwood,” added Gibson and Pugliese.
Pugliese and Gibson are both executive producers on the show’s fourth season, which premieres this Friday, alongside Spacey, Willimon, David Fincher, Eric Roth, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies, Michael Dobbs and Robin Wright. (The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.)
Like Willimon, both new showrunners have experience writing for the stage as well as the screen.
Melissa James Gibson’s plays include Placebo, What Rhymes with America, This, [sic], Suitcase or, Those that Resemble Flies from a Distance, and Brooklyn Bridge (with a song by Barbara Brousal) and have premiered at Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and the Atlantic Theater Company, among others. She is the recipient of honours including an OBIE Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Kesselring Prize and the Whiting Writers Award. She has taught playwriting at Princeton University and is an alumna of the Yale School of Drama. She wrote the feature film All Is Bright (Tribeca Film Festival). In addition to House of Cards, Gibson’s television work includes The Americans (FX), for which she received a Writer’s Guild Award nomination.
Frank Pugliese’s work in theatre includes Aven’U Boys (Off-Broadway, Obie Award), The King of Connecticut, The Talk, The Alarm, The Democracy Project (all with Naked Angels), The Summer Winds (NY Stage and Film), Hope is the Thing with Feathers (The Drama Dept.), and KAOS (New York Stage and Film). His TV credits include Homicide, for which he won a WGA Award, Law and Order, Borgias, and Copper, among others. His film credits include Shot in the Heart, Undefeated, and the upcoming Border Crossing. Pugliese is associate professor of television writing at the Columbia University Graduate Film Department and is the co-director of the television writing program at La Femis, in Paris. He has taught screenwriting and television writing for playwrights at the Yale School of Drama, and the New School.
The news arrives as we brace ourselves for a more topical season of House of Cards than ever: Season 4 takes place in an election year, both off-screen and on, and with Frank Under and Claire Underwood’s relationships showing cracks, the stakes have never been higher – and the biggest threat they face is contending with each other. All 13 episodes of Season 4 will debut on Friday 4th March at 8.01am.