The series centers on Kevin Spacey's character, Rep. Frank Underwood, the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. When he gets passed over for Secretary of State, he hatches a plan to take down the new President of the United States. Corey Stoll will portray Rep. Patrick Russo, a womanizing three-term Congressman who gets caught driving drunk with a prostitute. Underwood helps Russo avoid a scandal, but at a high cost.
Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) wrote the pilot script based on Michael Dobbs' novel, which also spawned a 1990 British TV series set within Parliament. David Fincher will direct the pilot episode and executive produce alongside Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, and Joshua Donen.
Production is expected to begin this spring, with the show set to debut in late 2012. Netflix set aside $100 million to produce the 26-episode order.